Ancient Monuments

History on the Ground

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Bowl barrow 40m north of Rushley Barn

A Scheduled Monument in Ilam, Staffordshire

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »
Street or Overhead View
Contributor Photos »

If Google Street View is available, the image is from the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the monument. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.

Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0603 / 53°3'37"N

Longitude: -1.8226 / 1°49'21"W

OS Eastings: 411984.08354

OS Northings: 351468.829362

OS Grid: SK119514

Mapcode National: GBR 486.20S

Mapcode Global: WHCDX.ZB7Q

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 40m north of Rushley Barn

Scheduled Date: 1 October 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015957

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13559

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Ilam

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 at the lower edge of a small
valley-side shelf 40m north of Rushley Barn. It survives as a slightly oval
stone and earth mound up to 1m high with maximum dimensions of 14m by 13m and
contains a protuberance 4m long and 0.4m high in its eastern half. A drystone
wall truncates the barrow's extreme western edge. Limited antiquarian
investigation at the centre of the monument located fragments of bone, animal
teeth and burnt flint.
The drystone wall is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground
beneath it 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 of the monument's centre the bowl
barrow 40m north of Rushley Barn survives well. This investigation located
bone, faunal remains and flints, and further evidence of interments and grave
goods will exist within the mound 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), 162
Other
Carrington, Barrow Diggers (Unpub MS with letters and notes), 1848,
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)

Source: Historic England

Other nearby scheduled monuments

AncientMonuments.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact AncientMonuments.uk for any queries related to any individual ancient or schedued monument, planning permission related to scheduled monuments or the scheduling process itself.

AncientMonuments.uk is a Good Stuff website.