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 on Toot Hill

List entry Number: 1008299

Location

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

County District District Type Parish
Cheshire EastUnitary AuthorityMacclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough

National Park: PEAK DISTRICT

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 28-Nov-1957

Date of most recent amendment: 18-Oct-1993

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 23612

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 the erection of a stone slab at the monument's centre, the bowl barrow on Toot Hill survives reasonably well. It will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.

History

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Details

The monument is a bowl barrow located on the south-western edge of the summit plateau of Toot Hill. It includes an oval mound of earth and stones up to 0.7m high with maximum dimensions of 9.7m by 8m. At the barrow's centre is a gritstone slab measuring 0.6m wide by 8cm thick and standing 0.45m high.

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

  1. Book  Reference - Author: Barnatt, J - Title: The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989) - Date: 1989
  2. Other  Reference - Author: Cheshire SMR - Date: 1991 - Type: SMR - Description: SMR No. 1567
  3. Other  Reference - Author: Darvill,T. - Title: MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows - Date: 1988 - Page References: 7 - Type: DESC TEXT

National Grid Reference: SJ 97070 71925

Map


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