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Bowl barrow 450m east-north-east of Swettenham Hall

A Scheduled Monument in Swettenham, Cheshire East

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.1971 / 53°11'49"N

Longitude: -2.28 / 2°16'48"W

OS Eastings: 381388.417916

OS Northings: 366705.165929

OS Grid: SJ813667

Mapcode National: GBR 00K.DF2

Mapcode Global: WH99N.YWFX

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 450m east-north-east of Swettenham Hall

Scheduled Date: 18 October 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011165

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23614

County: Cheshire East

Civil Parish: Swettenham

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Swettenham St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Chester

Details

The monument is a bowl barrow located on flat land 450m east-north-east of
Swettenham Hall. It includes a slightly oval earthen mound up to 0.7m high
with maximum dimensions of 30m by 29m.

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 spreading of the monument by past ploughing, the bowl barrow 450m
east-north-east of Swettenham Hall survives reasonably well. It is not known
to have been excavated and will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits
within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Cheshire Archaeological Services, A desk based archaeological assessment of Swettenham Hall, (1992)
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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