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Blake Low bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Warslow and Elkstones, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 53.1268 / 53°7'36"N

Longitude: -1.8703 / 1°52'13"W

OS Eastings: 408772.232233

OS Northings: 358850.139605

OS Grid: SK087588

Mapcode National: GBR 35V.VB5

Mapcode Global: WHCDJ.7NMT

Entry Name: Blake Low bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 13 June 1968

Last Amended: 16 February 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008969

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22411

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Warslow and Elkstones

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Warslow with Elkstone

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument includes Blake Low bowl barrow located on a broad, virtually
flat, shelf 110m north-east of Gap Farm. It survives as a slightly mutilated
oval earthen mound up to 1.1m high with maximum dimension of 25m by 22m.
There is a shallow sub-oval central pit measuring 4.5m by 8m and up to 0.2m
Limited antiquarian investigation at the centre of the mound located a
cremation and charcoal, covered with stones on the old landsurface, together
with a flint scraper and a flint knife.
A modern prefabricated outbuilding on a concrete plinth overlying part of the
barrow's south-western quadrant is excluded from the scheduling but the ground
beneath is included.

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.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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 some mutilation of the monument by a combination of past ploughing,
construction of a modern outbuilding and limited antiquarian investigation,
Blake Low bowl barrow survives reasonably well. This investigation located
human remains together with flint artefacts, and further evidence of
interments and grave goods will exist within the mound and upon the old

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Bateman, , Ten Years Digging (1861), (1861)
Bateman, Desc & Obs Further Discoveries in the Barrows of Derbyshire,
Carrington, Barrow Diggers (Unpub MS with letters and notes), 1848,
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows (1988), (1988)

Source: Historic England

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