Bowl barrow on Weaver Hills 550m south of Walk Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009432

Date first listed: 19-Aug-1992


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Weaver Hills 550m south of Walk Farm
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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 09419 46540

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 the presence of a drystone wall on the barrow and some spreading of the mound by past ploughing, the bowl barrow 550m south of Walk Farm survives well. It is one of a group of bowl barrows located on Weaver Hills and is a rare survival in Staffordshire of an unexcavated example of this class of monument. It will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits.


The monument includes a bowl barrow located just below the crest of a ridgetop some 550m south of Walk Farm. It survives as an oval earthen mound up to 1.2m high with maximum dimensions of 21m by 18m. An old boundary ditch truncates the extreme south-eastern side of the mound and a drystone wall aligned north-west/south-east crosses the south-western side of the mound. The monument is not known to have been excavated.

The drystone wall is excluded from the scheduling, but 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.


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

Legacy System number: 13589

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)

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