Bowl barrow on Weaver Hills 600m south of Weaver Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009440

Date first listed: 25-Jan-1962

Date of most recent amendment: 03-Aug-1992


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Weaver Hills 600m south of Weaver 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 10184 46115


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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 disturbance to the mound's summit and some minor erosion to the extreme northern and southern edges, the bowl barrow 600m south of Weaver Farm survives well. It is one of a group of similar monuments 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.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow located at the south-east end of a prominent ridgetop, south-east of the highest point, some 600m south of Weaver Farm. It survives as an oval earthen mound up to 1.9m high with maximum dimensions of 24m by 22m. On the mound's summit is a central pit some 4m in diameter and 0.5m deep. Immediately south of this is an irregularly-shaped trench measuring some 4m by 3m and 0.3m deep. This monument is not known to have been excavated.

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: 13584

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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