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Bowl barrow 330m east of Weaver Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Wootton, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 53.0171 / 53°1'1"N

Longitude: -1.8446 / 1°50'40"W

OS Eastings: 410523.192738

OS Northings: 346650.423724

OS Grid: SK105466

Mapcode National: GBR 377.VWJ

Mapcode Global: WHCF3.MFVD

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 330m east of Weaver Farm

Scheduled Date: 17 January 1966

Last Amended: 3 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009412

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13591

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Wootton

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 at the south-east end of a broad
ridgetop some 330m east of Weaver Farm. It survives as a somewhat mutilated
sub-oval mound up to 1.6m high with maximum dimensions of 13.5m by 12m. There
is a central pit 3m in diameter and 0.7m deep. The barrow's extreme western
edge has been removed by quarrying. The monument is not known to have been

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 limited disturbance to the centre of the monument and some mutilation
of the edges by quarrying, the bowl barrow 330m east of Weaver Farm survives
reasonably well. It lies close to a group of six bowl barrows on Weaver Hills
and is a rare survival in Staffordshire of an unexcavated example of this
class of monument. It will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits.

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)

Source: Historic England

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