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Bowl barrow near Highfields Mine, south-west of Stanshope

A Scheduled Monument in Alstonefield, Staffordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0791 / 53°4'44"N

Longitude: -1.8219 / 1°49'18"W

OS Eastings: 412027.630022

OS Northings: 353554.014761

OS Grid: SK120535

Mapcode National: GBR 47T.VM3

Mapcode Global: WHCDQ.ZVLW

Entry Name: Bowl barrow near Highfields Mine, south-west of Stanshope

Scheduled Date: 16 November 1965

Last Amended: 3 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010123

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13541

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Alstonefield

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Wetton St Margaret

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow located on the crest of a broad undulating
ridgetop southeast of Highfields Mine. It survives as an oval mound up to
1.4m high with maximum dimensions of 36m by 30m. The barrow 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 past ploughing the monument survives well. It is a rare example in
the Peak District of an unexcavated barrow and will contain undisturbed
archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old landsurface.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Other
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows, (1989)

Source: Historic England

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