Bowl barrow in Carden Park

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1011142

Date first listed: 15-Apr-1994

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow in Carden Park
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Carden

National Grid Reference: SJ 46369 53527

Summary

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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 minor disturbance to the surface of the monument, the bowl barrow in Carden Park survives well. It is a rare survival in Cheshire of an unexcavated example of this class of monument and will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old land surface beneath.

History

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Details

The monument is a bowl barrow located within a golf course in Carden Park on a saddle of higher ground to the south of The Birches wood. It includes an oval sand and earthen mound up to 1.5m high with maximum dimensions of 32m by 25m.

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.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: 23635

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Other
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows, (1989)
Site 21, Higgins, Dr. D.A., Proposed Carden Hall Golf Course Draft Arch Impact Assessment, (1991)
SMR No. 1762/1/2, Cheshire SMR, (1991)

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