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Bowl barrow on Weaver Hills 570m south of Weaver Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Wootton, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 53.0125 / 53°0'45"N

Longitude: -1.8513 / 1°51'4"W

OS Eastings: 410070.96935

OS Northings: 346143.451683

OS Grid: SK100461

Mapcode National: GBR 37F.0RS

Mapcode Global: WHCF3.JJMW

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Weaver Hills 570m south of Weaver Farm

Scheduled Date: 25 January 1962

Last Amended: 3 August 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009438

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13586

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 a locally high point on the
crest of a broad ridgetop some 570m south of Weaver Farm. It survives as an
oval earthen mound up to 2.3m high with maximum dimensions of 25m by 23m. The
centre of the mound has been subjected to disturbance by the digging of a pit
some 9m diameter and up to 1.2m deep. Despite this mutilation 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 disturbance to the centre of the monument the bowl barrow 570m
south of Weaver 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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