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Bowl barrow 120m east of Village Lane

A Scheduled Monument in Whitley, Cheshire West and Chester

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Latitude: 53.3099 / 53°18'35"N

Longitude: -2.576 / 2°34'33"W

OS Eastings: 361717.177135

OS Northings: 379368.774543

OS Grid: SJ617793

Mapcode National: GBR BZG5.36

Mapcode Global: WH994.D2KD

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 120m east of Village Lane

Scheduled Date: 18 October 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011166

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23615

County: Cheshire West and Chester

Civil Parish: Whitley

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Aston St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Chester


The monument is a bowl barrow located on flat land 120m east of Village Lane.
It includes a slightly oval earthen mound up to 0.6m high with maximum
dimensions of 33m by 32m. A flint scraper, a further flint and a fragment of
bone, all thought to have come from the mound, have been found on the surface
of the field in close proximity to the barrow in recent years.

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 past ploughing of the monument which has spread the mound, the bowl
barrow 120m east of Village Lane survives reasonably well. Field walking has
produced two flints and a fragment of bone thought to have come from the
barrow, and further evidence of interments and grave goods will exist within
the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Alexander, M E, 'Cheshire Archaeological Bulletin' in Cheshire Archaeological Bulletin, , Vol. 5, (1977), 48
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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