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Bowl barrow 380m south-west of Blore Church

A Scheduled Monument in Blore with Swinscoe, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 53.0394 / 53°2'21"N

Longitude: -1.8018 / 1°48'6"W

OS Eastings: 413386.947325

OS Northings: 349147.966733

OS Grid: SK133491

Mapcode National: GBR 48F.F93

Mapcode Global: WHCDY.9V8R

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 380m south-west of Blore Church

Scheduled Date: 1 November 1966

Last Amended: 7 August 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009652

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13575

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 a small shelf on a valley side
380m south-west of Blore Church. It survives as an oval earthen mound up
to 0.7m high with maximum dimensions of 13m by 10m. Limited antiquarian
investigation located a cist containing a cremation and a collared urn inside
which was a pygmy cup. Elsewhere in the excavation trench a disturbed
inhumation, a cremation, ox teeth, an iron ring, pebbles and pottery sherds
were found. Further limited excavation occurred in 1927 when Pape re-dug much
of what had been previously excavated and located a disturbed inhumation.

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 minor damage to the barrow's edges by ploughing and quarrying, and
limited 19th and 20th century investigation of the monument, the bowl barrow
380m south-west of Blore church survives reasonably well. These
investigations located human and faunal remains and grave goods, 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), 142
Pape, , 'Trans North Staffordshire Field Club' in Trans North Staffordshire Field Club (1928), (1928), 154-5
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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