Bowl barrow 450m east of Stanshope


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010798

Date first listed: 12-Nov-1965

Date of most recent amendment: 12-Nov-1992


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 450m east of Stanshope
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Staffordshire

District: Staffordshire Moorlands (District Authority)

Parish: Alstonefield

National Park: PEAK DISTRICT

National Grid Reference: SK 13204 54264

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 a combination of limited antiquarian investigation at the centre of the barrow and active badger disturbance within the north-eastern quadrant of the barrow the monument survives reasonably well. The investigation located inhumations and grave goods and further similar evidence will exist within the barrow and upon the old landsurface.


The monument includes a bowl barrow located on a narrow ridge top in a col some 450m east of Stanshope. It survives as an oval earthen mound up to 1.7m high with maximum dimensions of 41.5m by 35m. A drystone wall truncates the southern edge of the barrow. The mound possesses a large central pit measuring 10m by 7m and up to 0.8m deep. This pit pre-dates limited antiquarian investigation of the central part of the barrow undertaken in 1849. This investigation located 3 rock-cut graves, a disturbed cist, at least 5 inhumations comprising young persons and children, adult human bones, a cremation, 3 beakers, a horse tooth, pottery sherds, flint and bronze 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.


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

Legacy System number: 13532

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Bateman, , Ten Years Digging (1861), (1861), 158
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)

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