List entry

List entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Bowl barrow 50m south of summit of Sponds Hill

List entry Number: 1007395

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County District District Type Parish
Cheshire EastUnitary AuthorityLyme Handley

National Park: PEAK DISTRICT

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 30-May-1958

Date of most recent amendment: 21-Oct-1993

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 22572

Asset Groupings

This list entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.

List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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 past surface disturbance by metal detectors and motorbike scramblers, the bowl barrow 50m south of the summit of Sponds Hill survives reasonably well. It is not known to have been excavated and will therefore retain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.

History

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Details

71e monument is a bowl barrow located 50m south of the summit of Sponds Hill. It includes a flat-topped turf-covered oval mound of earth and stones up to 1m high with maximum dimensions of 19.5m by 16m. A post and wire fence adjacent to the barrow's eastern side is excluded from the scheduling, although 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.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Other
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
Ref No. 55, Scheduled Ancient Monuments List, (1986)
SMR No. 1627/1/2, Cheshire SMR, Sponds Hill Round Barrow (south), (1991)

National Grid Reference: SJ 96991 80239

Map


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