Brown 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.
- Stockport (Metropolitan Authority)
- National Grid Reference:
- SJ 98811 90917
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 a combination of tree root damage and limited antiquarian investigation, Brown Low bowl barrow survives reasonably well. This investigation found cremated bone and traces of a funeral fire, and further evidence of interments will exist within the mound and upon the old land surface beneath.
The monument includes Brown Low bowl barrow located on the southern edge of
high ground to the north east of Marple, from where there are extensive views
to the west and south. It includes an earth and stone mound up to 2m high and
measuring 25.5m in diameter. There are two hollows on the mound's summit which
are a legacy of limited antiquarian investigation undertaken by Rev Marriott
in 1809 during which fragments of cremated bone were found and soil marks
indicating the presence of a funeral fire were observed.
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
Marriott, Reverend W , The Antiquities of Lyme, (1810), 375-384
Darvill, T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No. 5/1/0, Gt Manchester SMR, Barrow at Brown Low, (1989)
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