Bowl barrow on The Roundabout
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- Stafford (District Authority)
- National Grid Reference:
- SJ 78856 23849
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 surface disturbance to the centre of the mound, the bowl barrow on The Roundabout survives well. It is a rare example in Staffordshire of a bowl barrow surrounded by a ditch and bank, and will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old land surface beneath.
The monument includes a bowl barrow with an encircling ditch and outer bank
located 425m north-east of Norbury church on a hilltop known as The
Roundabout. The oval earthen mound is up to 1.5m high with maximum dimensions
of 27m by 24m. The mound is surrounded by a ditch measuring 2.5m wide and 0.3m
deep. Flanking the ditch is a low outer bank measuring 2.5m wide and up to
0.1m high. At the barrow's centre is a shallow hollow 6.5m in diameter and
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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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