Bowl barrow north-east of Coatestown


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1011862

Date first listed: 23-Oct-1992


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow north-east of Coatestown
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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: Hollinsclough

National Park: PEAK DISTRICT

National Grid Reference: SK 06318 66318


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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 limited excavation of the monument and the modern construction of a drystone wall across the mound's south-western side the monument survives well. Further evidence of the burials and associated remains will survive within it.


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The monument is a bowl barrow located some 250m north-east of Coatestown at the edge of a broad ridge-top on a false crest above the upper Dove Valley. It survives as an oval mound up to 0.9m high with maximum dimensions of 14m by 10.5m. Limited excavation of the monument during the 19th century located an adult human cremation within a pit in the old ground surface, and a young human cremation upon the old ground surface. Charcoal and burnt flints were also discovered during the excavation. The drystone wall crossing the monument's south-western side is excluded from the scheduling but the ground beneath it is included.

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: 13522

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Lucas, , Jewitt, , Reliquary, (1863), 162
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows (1988), (1988)

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