Bowl barrow 380m south-west of Blore Church


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009652

Date first listed: 01-Nov-1966

Date of most recent amendment: 07-Aug-1992


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 380m south-west of Blore Church
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Staffordshire

District: Staffordshire Moorlands (District Authority)

Parish: Blore with Swinscoe

National Park: PEAK DISTRICT

National Grid Reference: SK 13387 49148


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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 minor damage to the barrow's edges by ploughing and quarrying, and limited 19th and 20th century investigation of the monument, the bowl barrow 380m south-west of Blore church survives reasonably well. These investigations located human and faunal remains and grave goods, and further evidence of interments and grave goods will exist within the mound and upon the old landsurface.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow located on a small shelf on a valley side 380m south-west of Blore Church. It survives as an oval earthen mound up to 0.7m high with maximum dimensions of 13m by 10m. Limited antiquarian investigation located a cist containing a cremation and a collared urn inside which was a pygmy cup. Elsewhere in the excavation trench a disturbed inhumation, a cremation, ox teeth, an iron ring, pebbles and pottery sherds were found. Further limited excavation occurred in 1927 when Pape re-dug much of what had been previously excavated and located a disturbed inhumation.

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.


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Legacy System number: 13575

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Bateman, , Ten Years Digging (1861), (1861), 142
Pape, , 'Trans North Staffordshire Field Club' in Trans North Staffordshire Field Club (1928), (1928), 154-5
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,
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)

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