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Bowl barrow 450m south of Hillside

A Scheduled Monument in Warslow and Elkstones, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 53.123 / 53°7'22"N

Longitude: -1.9247 / 1°55'29"W

OS Eastings: 405132.768321

OS Northings: 358429.110738

OS Grid: SK051584

Mapcode National: GBR 35Z.66N

Mapcode Global: WHBCC.DRPP

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 450m south of Hillside

Scheduled Date: 26 November 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015969

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22417

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Warslow and Elkstones

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Warslow with Elkstone

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument includes a bowl barrow located on a ridge top south-south-west of
the highest point and 450m south of Hillside. It survives as a D-shaped
earthen mound slightly mutilated on its western side and measuring up to 0.5m
high with maximum dimensions of 11m by 9.5m. 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 some mutilation of the monument's western side by mining, the bowl
barrow 450m south of Hillside survives reasonably well. It is a rare survival
in the Peak District of an unexcavated example of this class of monument and
will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the
old landsurface.

Source: Historic England


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

Source: Historic England

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