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Bowl barrow 230m north of North Wood

A Scheduled Monument in Ramshorn, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 53.015 / 53°0'53"N

Longitude: -1.8655 / 1°51'55"W

OS Eastings: 409118.991304

OS Northings: 346417.125378

OS Grid: SK091464

Mapcode National: GBR 376.WR2

Mapcode Global: WHCF3.9HX0

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 230m north of North Wood

Scheduled Date: 3 August 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011676

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13590

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Ramshorn

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Ellastone St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument includes a bowl barrow located on the lower edge of a narrow
shelf of the southern face of Weaver Hills, some 230m north of North Wood. It
survives as an oval earthen mound up to 0.8m high with maximum dimensions of
19.5m by 14.5m. The monument is not known to have been excavated.

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 and some spreading of the mound downslope, the bowl
barrow 230m north of North Wood survives reasonably well. It is one of a
group of bowl barrows located on Weaver Hills and is a rare survival in
Staffordshire of an unexcavated example of this class of monument. It will
contain undisturbed archaeological deposits.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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