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Bowl barrow 360m north-west of The Low

A Scheduled Monument in Fawfieldhead, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 53.1654 / 53°9'55"N

Longitude: -1.8703 / 1°52'12"W

OS Eastings: 408770.089624

OS Northings: 363146.426389

OS Grid: SK087631

Mapcode National: GBR 35G.FZK

Mapcode Global: WHCDB.7PNQ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 360m north-west of The Low

Scheduled Date: 16 November 1965

Last Amended: 14 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009079

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13524

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Fawfieldhead

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Longnor St Bartholomew

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument includes a bowl barrow located 360m north-west of The Low on the
highest point of the crest of a ridge. It survives as an oval earthen mound up
to 2.3m high with maximum dimensions of 32.5m by 29m. Limited excavation in
the centre of the monument during the 19th century located a shallow pit in
the old ground surface and a few pieces of charcoal.

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 limited antiquarian investigation of the centre of the monument this
bowl barrow survives well. The monument remains largely intact and will retain
considerable areas of undisturbed archaeological deposits both within the
mound and upon the old landsurface.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Bateman, , Ten Years Digging (1861), (1861), 36
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
To Robinson, K D MPPFW, Mr Gould (site owner), (1991)

Source: Historic England

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