Circular earthwork 400yds (360m) E of Bishton Hall

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1006074

Date first listed: 22-May-1974

Map

Ordnance survey map of Circular earthwork 400yds (360m) E of Bishton Hall
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Staffordshire

District: Stafford (District Authority)

Parish: Colwich

National Grid Reference: SK 02781 20666

Summary

Bowl barrow 360m east of Bishton Hall Farm.

Reasons for Designation

Round barrows 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.

The bowl barrow 360m east of Bishton Hall Farm survives as buried archaeological and environmental remains which will provide important information relating both to the monument and the wider landscape in which it was constructed.

History

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Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 11 June 2015. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

The monument includes the remains of a bowl barrow situated on gentle sloping ground to the Trent and Mersey canal and the river Trent to the south. The barrow survives as a slight mound surrounded by a ditch known from aerial photography.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: ST 219

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

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