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Bowl barrow 400m north of Damgate

A Scheduled Monument in Alstonefield, Staffordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0813 / 53°4'52"N

Longitude: -1.8096 / 1°48'34"W

OS Eastings: 412851.125309

OS Northings: 353803.88897

OS Grid: SK128538

Mapcode National: GBR 47T.Z5F

Mapcode Global: WHCDR.5TK5

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 400m north of Damgate

Scheduled Date: 9 August 1967

Last Amended: 12 November 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011860

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13534

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Alstonefield

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Ilam

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow located 400m north of Damgate on a broad
plateau shelf sloping down to the north. It survives as an oval earthen mound
up to 0.9m high with maximum dimensions of 30m by 27m. Limited antiquarian
investigation at the centre of the mound and in small areas to the east
located animal bones, teeth and flints.
The drystone wall aligned north-south running across the western half of the
barrow is excluded from the scheduling. The ground beneath the wall, however,
is included.

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 past ploughing and limited antiquarian investigation of the barrow's
centre and small areas to the east the monument survives well. Undisturbed
archaeological deposits including inhumations and grave goods will exist
within the barrow and upon the old landsurface.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Bateman, , Ten Years Digging (1861), (1861), 173
Other
Carrington, Barrow Diggers (Unpub MS with letters and notes), 1848,
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows (1988), (1988)

Source: Historic England

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