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Bowl barrow on Milk Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Waterhouses, Staffordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0442 / 53°2'39"N

Longitude: -1.8628 / 1°51'46"W

OS Eastings: 409294.219396

OS Northings: 349669.556627

OS Grid: SK092496

Mapcode National: GBR 370.3W4

Mapcode Global: WHCDX.CR53

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Milk Hill

Scheduled Date: 3 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009404

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13600

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Waterhouses

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Cauldon St Mary and St Laurence

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow located at the north-west end of a ridge
crest on Milk Hill. It survives as an oval earthen mound up to 1.3m high with
maximum dimensions of 19.5m by 12m. There is a shallow oval pit measuring 4m
by 2.5m and 0.1m deep a little to the north-west of centre, and a low rubble
mound 0.2m high on the barrow adjacent to the south-eastern edge. The
monument is not known to have been excavated.

MAP EXTRACT
The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Bowl barrows, the most numerous form of round barrow, are funerary monuments
dating from the Late Neolithic period to the Late Bronze Age, with most
examples belonging to the period 2400-1500 BC. They were constructed as
earthen or rubble mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered single or multiple
burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as cemeteries and often
acted as a focus for burials in later periods. Often superficially similar,
although differing widely in size, they exhibit regional variations in form
and a diversity of burial practices. There are over 10,000 surviving bowl
barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring
across most of lowland Britain. Often occupying prominent locations, they are
a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable
variation of form and longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisations amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of
protection.

Despite minor surface disturbance to two small areas of the monument the bowl
barrow on Milk Hill survives well. It is a rare survival in Staffordshire of
an unexcavated example of this class of monument and will contain undisturbed
archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old landsurface.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Other
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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