Bowl barrow 450m north of Damgate
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1011861
Date first listed: 09-Aug-1967
Date of most recent amendment: 12-Nov-1992
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: Staffordshire Moorlands (District Authority)
National Park: PEAK DISTRICT
National Grid Reference: SK 12835 53852
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 limited antiquarian investigation at the barrow's centre and some slight spreading of the mound due to past ploughing the monument survives well. It will contain intact archaeological deposits including inhumations and grave goods.
The monument includes a bowl barrow located 450m north of Damgate on a broad
plateau shelf sloping down to the north. It survives as a circular earthen
mound 27m diameter and up to 0.8m high, with a low central mound measuring 11m
by 7m and up to 0.2m high that indicates the position of limited antiquarian
investigation. This investigation consisted of a trench 4.6m square and 1.05m
deep that located a scatter of charcoal.
A drystone wall running north-south across the eastern half of the barrow is
excluded from the scheduling. The ground beneath the wall, however, is
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: 13533
Legacy System: RSM
Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Bateman, , Ten Years Digging (1861), (1861), 173
Carrington, Barrow Diggers (Unpub MS with letters and notes), 1848,
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows (1988), (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