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Bowl barrow on Weaver Hills 730m south of Walk Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Wootton, Staffordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0144 / 53°0'51"N

Longitude: -1.856 / 1°51'21"W

OS Eastings: 409757.144649

OS Northings: 346356.686153

OS Grid: SK097463

Mapcode National: GBR 37D.5KM

Mapcode Global: WHCF3.GHFF

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Weaver Hills 730m south of Walk Farm

Scheduled Date: 25 January 1962

Last Amended: 3 August 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009437

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13587

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

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow located at a locally high point on the
crest of a broad ridge some 730m south of Walk Farm. It survives as an oval
earthen mound up to 1.6m high with maximum dimensions of 25m by 22m. The
centre of the mound has been subjected to disturbance by the digging
of an L-shaped pit, the southern arm of which measures some 7m by 5m and 1m
deep, the western arm of which measures some 5m by 2.5m and 0.5m deep.
Despite this mutilation 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 disturbance to the centre of the monument the bowl barrow 730m
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

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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