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Record Details

MonUID:MST116
HER Number:00116
Type of record:Monument
Name:The Low Bowl Barrow, Elford

Summary

A scheduled Bronze Age bowl barrow constructed of gravel and pebbles, 1.7 metres high and circa 15 metres in diameter. Partial excavation in the late 17th century identified the possible remains of a cremation. The barrow has been damaged on the northern perimeter by ploughing.

Grid Reference:SK 1939 0924
Map Sheet:SK10NE
Parish:Elford, Lichfield District
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Monument Type(s):

Associated Events:

  • EST245 - Partial excavation of The Low Bowl Barrow, Elford.
  • EST449 - A site visit to The Low bowl barrow, Elford, made by a Field Monument Warden in 1983.
  • EST2555 - A site visit to The Low bowl barrow, Elford by an Inspector of Ancient Monuments in 1967.
  • EST2556 - A site visit to The Low bowl barrow, Elford, made by a Field Monument Warden in 1979.

Protected Status:

  • Scheduled Monument 1008530: The Low Bowl Barrow

Full description

A round barrow, 6ft high with a 75ft diameter. Steep sided and somewhat mis-shapen. Large oak tree (?200 years old) on top. Could be in the way of road widening. <1> <2>

According to the land owner the large oak tree on the mound is 300-400 years old. <3>

Traces of a cremation found (Plot, 405, 1680). (SB, 04-Mar-2004) <4> <5>

The barrow was opened by Plot in 1680, and towards the edge of the tumulus he found ashes, and charcoal with pieces of bone in the middle of it. The low itself was made of gravel and pebbles. A mutilated bowl barrow, with an average diameter of 15 metres, and 1.7 metres high. There are no traces of a ditch. The mound is grass covered, with a large oak tree on it. Ploughing has damage the northern perimeter of the mound and there is evidence of an old central mutilation. (SB, 04-Mar-2004) <6>

Tumulus: Elford. Possibly excavated by Plat 7/8th October 1680. when it was found the mound consisted of earth with an area of charcoal and ashes with a few fragments of bone on the old ground level. Present condition: Diameter, Northsouth 16 paces, Eastwest 19 paces, height 8' this has been cut by field ploughing. Mowing grass with a large oak tree in the centre. Much disturbed by burrowing animals. <9> <10> <11>

Sources and further reading

<1>SST3723 - Designation Record: Department for Culture Media and Sport / English Heritage. Ongoing-2016. Scheduled Monument Designation Documents, Scheduled Monument Consents and Section 17 Management Agreements. AM 7 - O.E.Craster - 1967.
<2>SST3723 - Designation Record: Department for Culture Media and Sport / English Heritage. Ongoing-2016. Scheduled Monument Designation Documents, Scheduled Monument Consents and Section 17 Management Agreements. A.M. 12 (C.A. Snowdon, 1979).
<3>SST3723 - Designation Record: Department for Culture Media and Sport / English Heritage. Ongoing-2016. Scheduled Monument Designation Documents, Scheduled Monument Consents and Section 17 Management Agreements. A.M. 107 (C.A.Snowdon, 1983).
<4>SST2068 - Serial: University of Keele. 1965. North Staffordshire Journal of Field Studies Volume 5 (1965). 'An Archaeological Gazetteer of Staffordshire: Part 2' by A.J.H. Gunstone, p.37 (Plot, p.405, 1680).
<5>SST529 - Published Book: Robert Plot. 1686. The Natural History of Staffordshire. Page 405.
<6>SST390 - Index: Ordnance Survey. See cards. Ordnance Survey Card Index. SK 10 NE - 9.
<7>SST594 - Published Book: Stebbing Shaw. 1798. The History and Antiquities of Staffordshire Volume 1 (1798). Volume 1 - page 331.
<8>SST3636 - Published Book: The Victoria History of the Counties of England. 1908. (VCH volume 1) A History of the County of Stafford, Volume I. Volume 1 - page 375.
<9>SST3824 - Index: Keele University. Keele University Card Index. SK10/8 1 Robert Plot, Natural History of Staffordshire, 1686, 405.
<10>SST3824 - Index: Keele University. Keele University Card Index. SK10/8 2 S Shaw, History and Antiquity of Staffordshire, I, 1797, 33.
<11>SST3824 - Index: Keele University. Keele University Card Index. SK10/8 3 Victoria County History of Staffordshire, I, 375.

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