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Marlpit Lane bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Ellastone, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 52.9846 / 52°59'4"N

Longitude: -1.8364 / 1°50'11"W

OS Eastings: 411077.307376

OS Northings: 343041.222485

OS Grid: SK110430

Mapcode National: GBR 37M.Y8B

Mapcode Global: WHCF9.R7PS

Entry Name: Marlpit Lane bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 5 August 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009405

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13599

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Ellastone

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Ellastone St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument includes a bowl barrow located 20m south of Marlpit Lane on the
north-east side of the crest of a low, broad ridge. It survives as an oval
earthen mound up to 1m high with maximum dimensions of 48m by 35m. The
monument is not known to have been excavated.

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

Despite ploughing that has spread the monument on a north-south alignment
Marlpit Lane bowl barrow survives reasonably 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

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
Mr Henderson (Farm Manager), To Robinson, K.D. MPPFW, (1991)

Source: Historic England

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