Bowl barrow on Narrowdale Hill


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008717

Date first listed: 01-Nov-1966

Date of most recent amendment: 14-Jan-1993


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

County: Staffordshire

District: Staffordshire Moorlands (District Authority)

Parish: Alstonefield

National Park: PEAK DISTRICT

National Grid Reference: SK 12339 57258


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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 protection.

Despite limited antiquarian investigation of the centre of the monument the bowl barrow on Narrowdale Hill survives well. This investigation demonstrated that the barrow had been used more than once, with secondary burials being added after the primary one had been interred. Further evidence of the burials placed in the barrow will survive in unexcavated areas of the mound.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow located on the summit of Narrowdale Hill. It survives as a slightly oval mound up to 1.3m high with maximum dimensions of 11m by 10m. Limited excavation at the centre of the monument during the 19th century located the primary burial placed within a rock-cut grave with a capstone. The grave contained a cremation, urn and a burnt flint. On top of the capstone was a secondary burial comprising an urn inverted over a cremation together with a flint. Another burial, probably inserted into the barrow at a later date and situated close to the surface on the south-east side of the barrow's summit, consisted of a small cist of four flat limestone slabs set on edge with another slab for the floor. The cist contained a cremation covered with an urn together with flint, bone and antler artefacts. Unburnt human bones were also exposed during the excavation.

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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Legacy System number: 13526

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Bateman, T, Vestiges of the Antiquities of Derbyshire, (1849)
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows (1988), (1988)
Snowdon, C.A., AM 107, (1988)

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