Bowl barrow 190m north of Dale Abbey Farm
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
- List Entry Number:
- Date first listed:
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- East Staffordshire (District Authority)
- National Grid Reference:
- SK 10775 48088
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
Despite minor robbing or erosion to the barrow sides and limited antiquarian investigation at the centre of the mound, the bowl barrow 190m north of Dale Abbey Farm survives well. This investigation located human remains, flints and pottery, and further evidence of interments and grave goods will exist within the barrow and upon the old landsurface.
The monument includes a bowl barrow located on the north-east side of the
north-west end of a ridge crest 190m north of Dale Abbey Farm. It survives as
an oval stone and earth mound up to 0.7m high with maximum dimensions of 16.5m
by 12m. There is an irregularly-shaped shallow pit 0.1m deep at the barrow's
centre and evidence of slight robbing or erosion on all sides other than the
north-west. Limited antiquarian investigation at the barrow's centre located
two cremations in a line on the old landsurface. The bones were only
partially burnt leaving the skeletons partly intact. Unburnt parts of a human
skull and some teeth were found disturbed by the southerly of the two
cremations. Flint flakes and a sherd of pottery were found near the barrow's
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.
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Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Bateman, , Ten Years Digging (1861), (1861), 125
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 Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing