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Bowl barrow 200m south-west of Ecton Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Wetton, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 53.118 / 53°7'4"N

Longitude: -1.8547 / 1°51'16"W

OS Eastings: 409823.242509

OS Northings: 357873.247408

OS Grid: SK098578

Mapcode National: GBR 361.KX6

Mapcode Global: WHCDJ.HW1L

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 200m south-west of Ecton Hill

Scheduled Date: 23 November 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017857

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22444

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Wetton

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Wetton St Margaret

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument includes a bowl barrow located on a ridge crest 200m south-west
of the summit of Ecton Hill. It is a slightly oval earth and stone mound up to
0.5m high with maximum dimensions of 20m by 19m. The monument is not known to
have been excavated.
A drystone wall aligned south-west to north-east once crossed the centre of
the barrow. This has been removed above ground level, however, its foundations
remain. These foundations are excluded from the scheduling, although the
ground beneath 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 minor surface disturbance to the monument by the foundations of a
drystone wall, the bowl barrow 200m south-west of Ecton Hill 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 land surface.

Source: Historic England


Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No 4157, Staffs SMR, Barrow, Hanging Bank,

Source: Historic England

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