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Bowl barrow 120m south-west of Weag's Barn

A Scheduled Monument in Waterhouses, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 53.082 / 53°4'55"N

Longitude: -1.8568 / 1°51'24"W

OS Eastings: 409690.364881

OS Northings: 353877.227047

OS Grid: SK096538

Mapcode National: GBR 36F.Z7R

Mapcode Global: WHCDQ.GS1M

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 120m south-west of Weag's Barn

Scheduled Date: 7 December 1965

Last Amended: 1 October 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010121

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13544

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Waterhouses

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Grindon All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument includes a bowl barrow located some 120m south-west of Weag's
Barn on the virtually flat part of a spur that projects east-wards above the
Manifold valley. It survives as an oval mound up to 1.3m high with maximum
dimensions of 14m by 12m. There is a sub-rectangular central pit measuring
c.3.4m by 2.8m and 0.3m deep with a shallow robber pit 5m long by 2m wide and
0.2m deep immediately to the north-east. A drystone wall crosses the extreme
western edge of the barrow. Limited antiquarian investigation of the barrow
located a cremation, bone, animal teeth, flints, a sherd of pottery and some
The drystone wall is excluded from the scheduling, although 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 some minor plough damage and limited antiquarian investigation of the
monument the bowl barrow 120m south-west of Weag's Barn survives reasonably
well. This investigation located human and faunal remains, flints and
Further similar evidence of interments and grave goods will exist within the
mound and upon the old land surface.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Bateman, , Ten Years Digging (1861), (1861)
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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