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Bowl barrow 160m north-east of Moultonbank Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Moulton, Cheshire West and Chester

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.2206 / 53°13'14"N

Longitude: -2.5205 / 2°31'13"W

OS Eastings: 365341.477207

OS Northings: 369406.164728

OS Grid: SJ653694

Mapcode National: GBR 7T.1088

Mapcode Global: WH99K.890W

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 160m north-east of Moultonbank Farm

Scheduled Date: 28 September 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011123

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22596

County: Cheshire West and Chester

Civil Parish: Moulton

Built-Up Area: Northwich

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Moulton St Stephen the Martyr

Church of England Diocese: Chester

Details

The monument is a bowl barrow located on the summit of a glacial mound 160m
north-east of Moultonbank Farm. It includes an earthen mound 35m in diameter
and up to 1.5m high.

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 limited plough damage, the bowl barrow 160m north-east of Moultonbank
Farm survives reasonably well. It is a rare survival in Cheshire of an
unexcavated example of this class of monument, and will contain undisturbed
archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Watkin, W T, Roman Cheshire, (1886), 314
Ormerod, G, 'History of Cheshire' in History of Cheshire, , Vol. 3, (1882), 264
Other
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No. 791, Cheshire SMR, (1993)

Source: Historic England

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