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The Lows bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Grindon, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 53.0743 / 53°4'27"N

Longitude: -1.8758 / 1°52'32"W

OS Eastings: 408417.661301

OS Northings: 353018.482212

OS Grid: SK084530

Mapcode National: GBR 36M.6KX

Mapcode Global: WHCDQ.5Z0J

Entry Name: The Lows bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 10 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010381

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13547

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 The Lows bowl barrow located on a flat area of a broad
ridge top 240m east of Oldfields Farm. It survives as a slightly oval earthen
mound up to 0.8m high with maximum dimensions of 21m by 20m. A drystone wall
aligned north-northeast/south-southwest crosses the western side of the
barrow. There is an oval hollow measuring 4m by 2.5m and up to 0.2m deep a
little to the east of the barrow's centre. Limited antiquarian investigations
close to the monument's centre and immediately to the east of centre located a
rock cut grave 1.8m wide and 0.9m deep containing a contracted inhumation with
a bronze dagger placed under the shoulder. The bones of a child, beaker
sherds and flint artefacts were also found.
The drystone wall is excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath
it 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 past ploughing of the barrow and limited antiquarian investigations
The Lows bowl barrow survives reasonably well. These investigations located
human remains associated with bronze and flint artefacts, and further similar
evidence of inhumations 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), 154
Bateman, , Ten Years Digging (1861), (1861), 115
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,
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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