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Monument Number 306519

Hob Uid: 306519
Location :
Staffordshire
Lichfield
Swinfen and Packington
Grid Ref : SK1223005980
Summary : Offlow Tumulus (site of): Me tile fragment.
More information : (SK 12230598) Offlow (Tumulus) (NR) (1)

"..... At Swinfen, is all that remains of great Offa's burial mound.
An arable field there is called Offlow (Offa's Low), and gives its
name to an extensive Hundred of South Staffordshire. Repeated
ploughings have all but defaced the mound." Offa died in 796 AD. (2)

"Offlow, ... in all probability ... is not the burial place of
Offa ... . According to the old writers, he was buried in a chapel
near Bedford ..."

Pape visited the site of Offlow at Easter 1934 and picked up a
piece of Roman roofing tile there. The Rev E Deacon who was with him,
suggested that Offlow might be a Roman barrow. (3)

In 1938, Offlow was a low mound, 30 yards in diameter, and not
more than about 2 feet high, but evidently much spread. It is so
placed as to be in view of both Wall and probably Tamworth (4).
This tumulus has now been demolished (5). (4-5)

Ploughed down bowl barrow, 0.5m high, of indefinite out-line but
roughly 30m in diameter. No visible ditch. (6)

(SK 12230597) Tumulus (NR) (7)

Now unrecognisable as a bowl barrow. Under pasture. Published
survey (1:2500) revised. (8)

The site was under the plough and there were no visible remains or
surface finds. (9)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1921 - 38.
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Cannock Chase 1903 12 (F W Hackwood)
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : T N Staf F C 68 1933-4 154-5 (T Pape)
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Rec 6" (O G S Crawford) 2.3.38
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Source Number : 5
Source : Large Scale / Small Scale Map Revisers Comment
Source details : SS Reviser Nov 1949
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Source Number : 6
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 VJB 26-MAR-58
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Source Number : 7
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1970
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Source Number : 8
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F2 DJC 03-APR-74
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Source Number : 9
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F3 JR 14-JUL-76
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
Monument End Date : -700
Monument Start Date : -2600
Monument Type : Round Barrow
Evidence :
Monument Period Name : Roman
Display Date : Roman
Monument End Date : 410
Monument Start Date : 43
Monument Type : Findspot
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Components and Objects:
Period : Roman
Component Monument Type : Findspot
Object Type : TILE
Object Material :

Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SK 10 NW 3
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SK 10 NW 3
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1958-03-26
End Date : 1958-03-26
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SK 10 NW 3
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1974-04-03
End Date : 1974-04-03
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SK 10 NW 3
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1976-07-14
End Date : 1976-07-14