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Bowl barrow 220m north of Dale Abbey Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Waterhouses, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 53.0303 / 53°1'49"N

Longitude: -1.8415 / 1°50'29"W

OS Eastings: 410724.439291

OS Northings: 348122.952601

OS Grid: SK107481

Mapcode National: GBR 377.36P

Mapcode Global: WHCF3.P387

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 220m north of Dale Abbey Farm

Scheduled Date: 16 November 1965

Last Amended: 7 August 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017688

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13579

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Waterhouses

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Ellastone St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated at the north-west end of a ridge
top 220m north of Dale Abbey Farm. It survives as an oval earthen mound
up to 1m high with maximum dimensions of 24m by 18m. There is a shallow pit
1.6m diameter by 0.1m deep at the barrow's centre with a second shallow pit
3.5m long by 2.4m wide and 0.1m deep a little to the south of centre. The
barrow 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 past ploughing and minor surface damage at and near the centre, the
bowl barrow 220m north of Dale Abbey Farm survives reasonably well. It is a
rare example in Staffordshire of an unexcavated bowl barrow and will contain
undisturbed archaeological deposits.

Source: Historic England


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

Source: Historic England

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