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Brund Low bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Sheen, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 53.1535 / 53°9'12"N

Longitude: -1.8483 / 1°50'53"W

OS Eastings: 410241.508055

OS Northings: 361823.903649

OS Grid: SK102618

Mapcode National: GBR 35P.7K2

Mapcode Global: WHCDB.LZ2W

Entry Name: Brund Low bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 16 November 1965

Last Amended: 14 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009080

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13525

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Sheen

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Sheen St Luke

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument includes Brund Low bowl barrow located 640m north of Brund at the
south-western edge of a broad shelf crest. It survives as an oval earthen
mound up to 1.7m high with maximum dimensions of 40m by 38m. The barrow has a
slightly dished centre measuring 13m by 10m and up to 0.3m deep. Limited
excavations of the monument during the 19th century located a stone cairn
covering a small pit containing a cremation dug into the old ground surface. A
second human cremation, fragments of human bone, flint and bronze artefacts,
and a cup marked piece of sandstone, were also found.

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 monument Brund Low bowl
barrow survives well. The excavations located flint and bronze artefacts,
human remains and cup marked sandstone, and further similar evidence of
interments and grave goods will survive within the barrow and upon the old
land surface.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Bateman, , Ten Years Digging (1861), (1861), 177
Sheldon, , 'Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of London' in Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of London, (1894), 428-9
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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