Dun Low bowl barrow

Overview

Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
1009658
Date first listed:
17-Jan-1966
Date of most recent amendment:
04-Jun-1992

Map

Ordnance survey map of Dun Low bowl barrow
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Location

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 11942 49407

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 the presence of 10 mature sycamore trees on the mound and limited antiquarian investigation at the barrow's centre, Dun Low bowl barrow survives as a well preserved earthwork. Undisturbed archaeological deposits will exist throughout much of the mound and upon the old landsurface.

Details

The monument includes Dun Low bowl barrow located on a low, gently sloping south-easterly spur of the main plateau of Dunlowmoor 180m west of Waterings Farm. It survives as a well preserved oval earthen mound up to 1.7m high with maximum dimensions of 25m by 22m. Limited antiquarian investigation close to the monument's centre located flints, one small bone, and found evidence of burning.

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.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
13577
Legacy System:
RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Bateman, , Ten Years Digging (1861), (1861), 151
Other
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)

Legal

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.

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