Bowl Barrow Near Highfields Mine, South-West of Stanshope


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Crouched Inhumation
Early Bronze Age

Data Source

English Heritage

County Council

Staffordshire County Council

District Council

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council



Parliamentary Constituency

Staffordshire Moorlands

Grid Reference

SE120120 (412028, 353554)

WGS84 Coordinates

53.0788, -1.82043

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A bowl barrow excavated by Bateman in 1845 and again by Carrington in 1850. Bateman described the mound as "about thirty-five yards in diameter, and from four to five feet in height". Off-centre beneath the mound he found a small square cist constructed of thin limestone slabs. It contained the skeleton of an infant within its upper fill, while on the floor of the cist was a deposit of cremated bones with two burnt bone pins, one perforated, plus a flint arrowhead and a flint "spearhead". On the original ground surface beneath the centre of the mound was the skeleton of a female "completely imbedded in rats' bones, amongst which was found the upper mandible...of a species of hawk". Beneath this skeleton was a grave pit containing a male skeleton with part of a flint "spearhead". Elsewhere within the mound were further human and animal remains and flints. 4 years later Carrington found a number of disturbed burials (those found by Bateman?) plus a secondary inhumation with flint implements beneath its head and shoulders and an ornamented bronze bracelet of probable Roman date. Ordnance Survey field investigation in 1957 recorded the barrow as 30 metres in diameter and 1.4 metres high, with no visible surrounding ditch.

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