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Bowl barrow north of Hargreaves Wood

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Bowl barrow north of Hargreaves Wood

List entry Number: 1009315

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Staffordshire

District: Stafford

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Swynnerton

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 10-Jun-1952

Date of most recent amendment: 20-Jan-1993

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 22426

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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 and spreading of the monument by ploughing, the bowl barrow north of Hargreaves Wood survives well. This investigation located human remains together with pottery and flint artefacts. 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 local high point of a low ridge north of Hargreaves Wood. It survives as an oval earthen mound up to 1.5m high with maximum dimensions of 30m by 25m. Limited antiquarian investigation located a stone cist containing two cremations, numerous secondary interments, pottery and flint artefacts.

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.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Molyneux, W, Early History of Trentham, (1878)
Other
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No 55, Staffs SMR, Trentham Barrow N. of Hargreaves Wood - Northwood Farm,

National Grid Reference: SJ 85955 41709

Map

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