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Bowl barrow 70m north-west of The Boxes

A Scheduled Monument in Ellastone, Staffordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.992 / 52°59'31"N

Longitude: -1.8053 / 1°48'18"W

OS Eastings: 413168.137946

OS Northings: 343873.91859

OS Grid: SK131438

Mapcode National: GBR 490.DFB

Mapcode Global: WHCFB.72L2

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 70m north-west of The Boxes

Scheduled Date: 5 February 1962

Last Amended: 28 July 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009409

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13594

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

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow located 70m north-west of The Boxes on the
crest of a shelf spur overlooking the Dove valley. It survives as an oval
earthen mound up to 1.8m high with maximum dimensions of 39m by 33m. 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.

The bowl barrow 70m north-west of The Boxes is a rare survival in
Staffordshire of an unexcavated example of this class of monument. It will
contain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old
landsurface.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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