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Bowl barrow 460m north-east of Blore

A Scheduled Monument in Blore with Swinscoe, Staffordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0458 / 53°2'44"N

Longitude: -1.7936 / 1°47'36"W

OS Eastings: 413932.868223

OS Northings: 349857.333931

OS Grid: SK139498

Mapcode National: GBR 48F.3C7

Mapcode Global: WHCDY.FP4W

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 460m north-east of Blore

Scheduled Date: 3 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010386

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13556

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

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow located on the crest of a broad shelf spur
460m north-east of Blore. It survives as a slightly oval earthen mound up to
0.6m high with maximum dimensions of 22.5m by 21.5m. Limited antiquarian
investigations of the barrow's centre and southeastern side located a bronze
dagger associated with a cremation, some flints and some charcoal.

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 past ploughing of the monument and limited antiquarian investigations
at the monument's centre and south-eastern side, the bowl barrow 460m north-
east of Blore survives well. These investigations located human remains, a
bronze artefact and some flints, and further 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), 150
Bateman, , Ten Years Digging (1861), (1861), 163
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,
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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