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Bowl barrow 160m south of summit of Musden Low

A Scheduled Monument in Blore with Swinscoe, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 53.0464 / 53°2'46"N

Longitude: -1.8246 / 1°49'28"W

OS Eastings: 411853.98229

OS Northings: 349915.2206

OS Grid: SK118499

Mapcode National: GBR 48D.1HF

Mapcode Global: WHCDX.YP9F

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 160m south of summit of Musden Low

Scheduled Date: 17 January 1966

Last Amended: 18 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010384

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13551

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Blore with Swinscoe

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Croxden with Hollington St Giles

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument includes a bowl barrow located 160m south of the summit of Musden
Low on the crest of a ridge on a narrow spur that projects southeast from the
hilltop. It survives as an oval mound up to 1.1m high with maximum dimensions
of 16.5m by 14m. The barrow has a prominent central pit 4.5m diameter and
0.4m deep with other small areas of shallow disturbance to the north, west and
south. Compacted stones are visible in the southerly area of disturbance.
Limited antiquarian investigations at this barrow located two cremations, an
inhumation, flints, and pottery sherds of Anglian and medieval date.

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 investigations at the centre of the monument the
bowl barrow 160m south of Musden Low survives well. These investigations
located human remains, flint and pottery, and further evidence of inhumations
and grave goods will exist within the mound and upon the old landsurface.
Additionally this site is a rare example in the Peak District of a barrow
displaying re-use during Anglian and medieval times.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Bateman, , Ten Years Digging (1861), (1861), 119
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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