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Round Low bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Grindon, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 53.0728 / 53°4'21"N

Longitude: -1.8749 / 1°52'29"W

OS Eastings: 408481.04355

OS Northings: 352843.147838

OS Grid: SK084528

Mapcode National: GBR 36M.6V5

Mapcode Global: WHCDX.51G5

Entry Name: Round Low bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 1 November 1966

Last Amended: 10 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010379

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13545

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Grindon

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Grindon All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument includes Round Low bowl barrow located on a local high point of
a broad ridge top some 340m southeast of Oldfields Farm. It survives as an
oval mound up to 1m high with maximum dimensions of 25m by 23m. Minor
undulations on the eastern side of the summit indicate previous disturbance to
the barrow. Limited antiquarian investigation located scattered bones, a
cremation, animal teeth, pottery sherds, flint artefacts and pebbles.
Secondary use of the barrow is attested by the finding of a piece of fused
lead and sandstone boulders confirmed by the excavator as having been
introduced later.

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 antiquarian investigation of the monument Round Low bowl
barrow survives well. This investigation located human and faunal remains
together with flint artefacts and pottery, and further similar evidence of
interments and grave goods will exist within the mound and upon the old

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Bateman, , Ten Years Digging (1861), (1861), 114
Barnatt, J W, Peak District Barrow Survey, 1989, unpublished survey
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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