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Row Low bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Mayfield, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 52.9947 / 52°59'41"N

Longitude: -1.7956 / 1°47'44"W

OS Eastings: 413818.008686

OS Northings: 344176.929361

OS Grid: SK138441

Mapcode National: GBR 490.8VM

Mapcode Global: WHCF4.DZ6J

Entry Name: Row Low bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 25 January 1962

Last Amended: 13 October 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009410

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13593

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Mayfield

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Mayfield St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument includes Row Low bowl barrow located 50m north of The Rowleys at
the edge of a shelf overlooking the Dove valley. It survives as an oval
earthen mound up to 2.5m high with maximum dimensions of 43m by 40m. There is
a rectangular hollow measuring 2.5m by 2m and 0.2m deep indicating limited
unrecorded investigation of the barrow's centre. A hedge aligned north-south
runs across the barrow's eastern side.
The hedge is excluded from the scheduling, but the ground beneath it is

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 unrecorded investigation of the monument's centre, Row Low
bowl barrow survives well. It will contain undisturbed archaeological
deposits within much of the mound and upon the old landsurface.

Source: Historic England


Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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