Bowl barrow east of Bunster Hill

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008960

Date first listed: 17-Nov-1992

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow east of Bunster Hill
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Location

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

County: Staffordshire

District: Staffordshire Moorlands (District Authority)

Parish: Ilam

National Park: PEAK DISTRICT

National Grid Reference: SK 14199 51661

Summary

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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 monument's centre, the bowl barrow east of Bunster Hill survives well. This investigation located human remains and flints, and further evidence of interments and grave goods will exist within the mound and upon the old landsurface.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow located on a locally high point at the eastern edge of Bunster Hill overlooking Dove Dale gorge. It survives as a flat-topped oval earthen mound up to 1.3m high with maximum dimensions of 16m by 13.5m. Limited antiquarian investigation of the barrow's centre located a contracted adult inhumation on the old ground surface with flints adjacent to the head. Just above the feet was a flat stone beneath which was a cremation. Other flints were found near the surface of the barrow.

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.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: 22402

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Bateman, , Ten Years Digging (1861), (1861)
Other
Bateman, Desc & Obs Further Discoveries in the Barrows of Derbyshire,
Bateman, Illustrations of Antiquity (Unpub volume of drawings), Sheffield City Museum
Carrington, Barrow Diggers (Unpub MS with letters and notes), 1848,
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows (1988), (1988)

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