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Bowl barrow in Carden Park

A Scheduled Monument in Carden, Cheshire West and Chester

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Latitude: 53.0763 / 53°4'34"N

Longitude: -2.802 / 2°48'7"W

OS Eastings: 346369.683936

OS Northings: 353526.677928

OS Grid: SJ463535

Mapcode National: GBR 7F.B9WK

Mapcode Global: WH88V.XYX1

Entry Name: Bowl barrow in Carden Park

Scheduled Date: 15 April 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011142

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23635

County: Cheshire West and Chester

Civil Parish: Carden

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Tilston St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Chester


The monument is a bowl barrow located within a golf course in Carden Park on a
saddle of higher ground to the south of The Birches wood. It includes an oval
sand and earthen mound up to 1.5m high with maximum dimensions of 32m by 25m.

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 disturbance to the surface of the monument, the bowl barrow in
Carden Park survives 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 land surface beneath.

Source: Historic England


Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows, (1989)
Site 21, Higgins, Dr. D.A., Proposed Carden Hall Golf Course Draft Arch Impact Assessment, (1991)
SMR No. 1762/1/2, Cheshire SMR, (1991)

Source: Historic England

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