Bowl barrow in Swynnerton Park


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009314

Date first listed: 20-Jan-1993


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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Staffordshire

District: Stafford (District Authority)

Parish: Swynnerton

National Grid Reference: SJ 84746 35109


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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 protection.

Despite limited disturbance of the monument's centre the bowl barrow in Swynnerton Park survives well. It is a rare example in Staffordshire of the re-use in early medieval times of this class of monument and will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old landsurface.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow located on a plateau 50m south of Swynnerton cricket ground. It survives as a slightly oval earth and stone mound up to 2.5m high with maximum dimensions of 33m by 32m. The barrow's centre has been partly mutilated by the digging of two small pits up to 0.4m deep. This limited investigation was not recorded. In 1990 an Anglo-Saxon pendant and a copper alloy disc were found on the site.

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.

Legacy System number: 22425

Legacy System: RSM


Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No. 501, Staffs SMR, Mound - Swynnerton Park,
To Robinson K D MPPFW, Darlington, J (Staffs Borough Council), (1991)

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