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Bowl barrow 450m north of Damgate

A Scheduled Monument in Alstonefield, Staffordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0817 / 53°4'54"N

Longitude: -1.8098 / 1°48'35"W

OS Eastings: 412834.898422

OS Northings: 353852.306849

OS Grid: SK128538

Mapcode National: GBR 47T.Z2P

Mapcode Global: WHCDR.5SFV

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 450m north of Damgate

Scheduled Date: 9 August 1967

Last Amended: 12 November 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011861

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13533

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 450m north of Damgate on a broad
plateau shelf sloping down to the north. It survives as a circular earthen
mound 27m diameter and up to 0.8m high, with a low central mound measuring 11m
by 7m and up to 0.2m high that indicates the position of limited antiquarian
investigation. This investigation consisted of a trench 4.6m square and 1.05m
deep that located a scatter of charcoal.
A drystone wall running north-south across the eastern 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 limited antiquarian investigation at the barrow's centre and some
slight spreading of the mound due to past ploughing the monument survives
well. It will contain intact archaeological deposits including inhumations and
grave goods.

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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