The Low bowl barrow
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- Lichfield (District Authority)
- National Grid Reference:
- SK 19395 09245
Reasons for Designation
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 slight mutilation of the monument's profile and limited investigation, The Low bowl barrow survives well. This investigation located human remains, and further evidence of interments will exist within the mound and upon the old landsurface.
The monument includes The Low bowl barrow located on a local high point 130m
north-west of Elfordlow Farm. It survives as a steep-sided oval earthen
mound, truncated on its western side by a road, and measures up to 2.3m high
with maximum dimensions of 20.5m by l9m. Limited investigation of the mound
located a cremation.
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.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
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Books and journals
Gunstone, A J H, 'North Staffs JFS' in An Archaeological Gazeteer of Staffs Pt 2, , Vol. 5, (1965), 37
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
To Snowdon C A (FMW), Hidderley, F (Site Owner), (1983)
This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing