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Bowl barrow on Hazelton Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Blore with Swinscoe, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 53.0458 / 53°2'45"N

Longitude: -1.8149 / 1°48'53"W

OS Eastings: 412506.078495

OS Northings: 349858.008482

OS Grid: SK125498

Mapcode National: GBR 48D.3YW

Mapcode Global: WHCDY.3P1V

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Hazelton Hill

Scheduled Date: 17 January 1966

Last Amended: 7 August 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009441

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13554

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Blore with Swinscoe

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Blore Ray with Okeover

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument includes a bowl barrow located on the summit of Hazelton Hill.
It survives as a flat-topped oval earthen mound up to 1m high with maximum
dimensions of 18m by 16.5m. There is an area of shallow pits on the
southwestern edge of the barrow's top. Limited antiquarian investigation at
the barrow's centre located a double cist 1.8m long by 0.6m wide and 0.45m
deep. The cist was set in a rock-cut pit and contained two cremations, flints
and pebbles. A ruined cist, a cremation beneath an inverted urn, a further
cremation, pottery, flint artefacts and a piece of galena were also found
within the barrow.
The fence crossing the barrow is excluded from the scheduling. The ground
beneath it, however, 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 the planting of trees on the monument and limited antiquarian
investigation of the mound's centre, the bowl barrow on Hazelton Hill survives
reasonably well. These investigations located human remains and associated
artefacts, and further evidence of interments and grave goods will exist
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)
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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