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Dun Low bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Blore with Swinscoe, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 53.0418 / 53°2'30"N

Longitude: -1.8233 / 1°49'23"W

OS Eastings: 411942.168222

OS Northings: 349407.38

OS Grid: SK119494

Mapcode National: GBR 48D.7TT

Mapcode Global: WHCDX.YSXY

Entry Name: Dun Low bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 17 January 1966

Last Amended: 4 June 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009658

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13577

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 Dun Low bowl barrow located on a low, gently sloping
south-easterly spur of the main plateau of Dunlowmoor 180m west of Waterings
Farm. It survives as a well preserved oval earthen mound up to 1.7m high with
maximum dimensions of 25m by 22m. Limited antiquarian investigation close to
the monument's centre located flints, one small bone, and found evidence of

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 presence of 10 mature sycamore trees on the mound and limited
antiquarian investigation at the barrow's centre, Dun Low bowl barrow survives
as a well preserved earthwork. Undisturbed archaeological deposits will exist
throughout much of 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), 151
Carrington, Barrow Diggers (Unpub MS with letters and notes), 1848,
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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