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Grub Low bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Waterhouses, Staffordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0702 / 53°4'12"N

Longitude: -1.8814 / 1°52'53"W

OS Eastings: 408042.194163

OS Northings: 352552.463188

OS Grid: SK080525

Mapcode National: GBR 36L.K54

Mapcode Global: WHCDX.23C5

Entry Name: Grub Low bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 3 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010380

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13546

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Waterhouses

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Waterfall St James and St Bartholomew

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

Details

The monument includes Grub Low bowl barrow located on a locally high point
480m south-southwest of Oldfields Farm. It survives as a slightly oval,
largely earthen mound up to 1m high with maximum dimensions of 10m by 9m.
Quarrying has removed the northern and south-western edges of the barrow.
Limited antiquarian investigation at the centre of the mound located a
contracted inhumation surrounded by the scattered remains of a cremation and
two flint artefacts. Charcoal and additional flint artefacts were found upon
the old landsurface.

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 removal of the monument's extreme northern and south-western edges and
limited antiquarian investigation of the mound's centre, Grub Low bowl barrow
survives reasonably well. These investigations located human remains
associated with flint artefacts and further similar 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), 147
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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