Bowl barrow 250m SSE of Meadows Farm
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
- National Grid Reference:
- SJ 45459 48347
Reasons for Designation
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 limited investigation of the monument's centre, the bowl barrow 250m SSE of Meadows Farm survives reasonably well. This investigation located part of an oak coffin, and further evidence of interments and grave goods will exist within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.
The monument is a bowl barrow located on flat land 250m SSE of Meadows Farm.
It includes a slightly oval clay mound up to 1.5m high with maximum dimensions
of 24m by 23m. Surrounding the barrow on all sides except the south, where it
has been truncated by a tree-lined farm track, is a shallow ditch up to 8m
wide which has been partly infilled by material from the barrow during
subsequent ploughing. Limited investigation of the monument's centre located a
thick oak plank, thought to be part of an oak
trunk coffin, at a depth of 2.5m below the barrow's surface. A post and wire
fence on the monument's southern side is excluded from the scheduling, but the
ground beneath the fence 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.
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Books and journals
'CBA Group 5 Newsletter' in , , Vol. 7, (1966), 7
Petch, D F, 'CAB' in , , Vol. 4, (1976), 28
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing