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Over Low bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Stanton, Staffordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0134 / 53°0'48"N

Longitude: -1.8306 / 1°49'50"W

OS Eastings: 411460.988209

OS Northings: 346241.73857

OS Grid: SK114462

Mapcode National: GBR 48S.00G

Mapcode Global: WHCF3.VJG7

Entry Name: Over Low bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 2 February 1962

Last Amended: 5 June 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009411

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13592

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Stanton

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Ellastone St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

Details

The monument is Over Low bowl barrow, located 420m south of Nibs End Farm on a
low-lying shelf in a valley situated a short distance north-north-west of the
head of the steep valley containing Tinsell Brook. It survives as an oval
mound of sand, small stones and earth up to 1.8m high with maximum
dimensions of 35m by 33m. Limited antiquarian investigation close to the
centre of the mound located two contracted inhumations, one of which was
surrounded by a partial cist formed of a few flat stones. Flints and an urn
sherd were also found.

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.

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
protection.

Despite some spreading of the barrow by ploughing and limited antiquarian
investigation near to the centre of the mound, Over Low bowl barrow survives
well. This investigation located human remains, flints and pottery, and
further evidence of interments and grave goods will exist within the mound and
upon the old landsurface.

Source: Historic England

Sources

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

Source: Historic England

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