Town Low bowl barrow


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010120

Date first listed: 09-Oct-1981

Date of most recent amendment: 18-Sep-1992


Ordnance survey map of Town Low bowl barrow
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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: Butterton

National Park: PEAK DISTRICT

National Grid Reference: SK 08431 56509


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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 the existence of a walled plantation upon the central and eastern areas of the monument Town Low bowl barrow survives reasonably well. It is a rare example in the Peak District of an unexcavated bowl barrow.


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The monument includes Town Low bowl barrow, located on a local high point at the eastern end of a broad ridge 290m east of Lanehouse Farm and surmounted by a small enclosed plantation. It survives as a sub-oval flat mound 0.8m high with maximum dimensions of 28m north-south by 19m east-west. There is a shallow pit 2m diameter by 0.3m deep a little to the south of the barrow's centre. The barrow is not known to have been excavated. The drystone wall and adjacent fence are excluded from the scheduling but the ground beneath is included.

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: 13557

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows, (1989)

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