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Bowl barrow on Weaver Hills 550m south of Walk Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Wootton, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 53.0161 / 53°0'57"N

Longitude: -1.861 / 1°51'39"W

OS Eastings: 409419.381441

OS Northings: 346538.927738

OS Grid: SK094465

Mapcode National: GBR 376.Y0R

Mapcode Global: WHCF3.DG15

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Weaver Hills 550m south of Walk Farm

Scheduled Date: 19 August 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009432

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13589

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 just below the crest of a ridgetop
some 550m south of Walk Farm. It survives as an oval earthen mound up to 1.2m
high with maximum dimensions of 21m by 18m. An old boundary ditch truncates
the extreme south-eastern side of the mound and a drystone wall aligned
north-west/south-east crosses the south-western side of the mound. The
monument is not known to have been excavated.

The drystone wall is excluded from the scheduling, but the ground beneath it
is included.

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 the presence of a drystone wall on the barrow and some spreading of
the mound by past ploughing, the bowl barrow 550m south of Walk Farm survives
well. It is one of a group of bowl barrows located 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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