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Bowl barrow 190m north of Dale Abbey Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Stanton, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 53.03 / 53°1'47"N

Longitude: -1.8408 / 1°50'26"W

OS Eastings: 410775.298409

OS Northings: 348088.002183

OS Grid: SK107480

Mapcode National: GBR 377.3FD

Mapcode Global: WHCF3.P3NH

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 190m north of Dale Abbey Farm

Scheduled Date: 5 August 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009684

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13580

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Stanton

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 on the north-east side of the
north-west end of a ridge crest 190m north of Dale Abbey Farm. It survives as
an oval stone and earth mound up to 0.7m high with maximum dimensions of 16.5m
by 12m. There is an irregularly-shaped shallow pit 0.1m deep at the barrow's
centre and evidence of slight robbing or erosion on all sides other than the
north-west. Limited antiquarian investigation at the barrow's centre located
two cremations in a line on the old landsurface. The bones were only
partially burnt leaving the skeletons partly intact. Unburnt parts of a human
skull and some teeth were found disturbed by the southerly of the two
cremations. Flint flakes and a sherd of pottery were found near the barrow's

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 minor robbing or erosion to the barrow sides and limited antiquarian
investigation at the centre of the mound, the bowl barrow 190m north of Dale
Abbey Farm survives well. This investigation located human remains, flints
and pottery, and further evidence of interments and grave goods will exist
within the barrow and upon the old landsurface.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Bateman, , Ten Years Digging (1861), (1861), 125
Bateman, Desc & Obs Further Discoveries in the Barrows of Derbyshire,
Bateman, Illustrations of Antiquity (Unpub volume of drawings), Sheffield City Museum
Carrington, Barrow Diggers (Unpub MS with letters and notes), 1848,
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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