Bowl barrow on The Walk

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009043

Date first listed: 19-Nov-1992

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on The Walk
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Location

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

County: Staffordshire

District: East Staffordshire (District Authority)

Parish: Wootton

National Grid Reference: SK 09457 46388

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 some past disturbance by cattle to the monument's summit, adjacent to the triangulation pillar, the bowl barrow on The Walk survives reasonably well. It is a rare survival in Staffordshire of an unexcavated example of this class of monument and will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old land surface.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow located on the summit of The Walk. It is a slightly oval flat-topped earth and stone mound up to 0.9m high with maximum dimensions of 11m by 10m. The monument is not known to have been excavated. An Ordnance Survey triangulation pillar situated on the barrow's summit is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath it 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.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: 22443

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Other
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No 442, Staffs SMR, Probable Barrow - The Walk - Weaver Hills,

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