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Bowl barrow north-east of Coatestown

A Scheduled Monument in Hollinsclough, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 53.1939 / 53°11'38"N

Longitude: -1.9069 / 1°54'24"W

OS Eastings: 406317.996834

OS Northings: 366317.996631

OS Grid: SK063663

Mapcode National: GBR 350.QQZ

Mapcode Global: WHBBZ.PZ5C

Entry Name: Bowl barrow north-east of Coatestown

Scheduled Date: 23 October 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011862

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13522

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Hollinsclough

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Longnor St Bartholomew

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument is a bowl barrow located some 250m north-east of Coatestown at
the edge of a broad ridge-top on a false crest above the upper Dove Valley. It
survives as an oval mound up to 0.9m high with maximum dimensions of 14m by
10.5m. Limited excavation of the monument during the 19th century located an
adult human cremation within a pit in the old ground surface, and a young
human cremation upon the old ground surface. Charcoal and burnt flints were
also discovered during the excavation.
The drystone wall crossing the monument's south-western side is excluded from
the scheduling but the ground beneath it is included.

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 limited excavation of the monument and the modern construction of a
drystone wall across the mound's south-western side the monument survives
well. Further evidence of the burials and associated remains will survive
within it.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Lucas, , Jewitt, , Reliquary, (1863), 162
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows (1988), (1988)

Source: Historic England

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