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Bowl barrow on Archford Moor

A Scheduled Monument in Alstonefield, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 53.1261 / 53°7'34"N

Longitude: -1.8425 / 1°50'33"W

OS Eastings: 410633.842092

OS Northings: 358785.181908

OS Grid: SK106587

Mapcode National: GBR 362.2YP

Mapcode Global: WHCDJ.NPT9

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Archford Moor

Scheduled Date: 5 August 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009645

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13565

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Alstonefield

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Alstonfield St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument includes a bowl barrow located on the western side of the crest
of a north-facing spur of Archford Moor 480m south of Hulme End. It survives
as an oval mound up to 1.2m high with maximum dimensions of 17.5m by 13m. On
the barrow's summit is a shallow pit some 3m in diameter and 0.2m deep
together with an irregularly-shaped area of minor undulations. 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

The bowl barrow on Archford Moor is a rare survival in the Peak District of an
unexcavated example of this class of monument.

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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