Bowl Barrow 190m North of Dale Abbey Farm
Staffordshire County Council
East Staffordshire Borough Council
SE108108 (410775, 348088)
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Two Bronze Age bowl barrows surviving as earthworks. One excavated in 1848 revealing two cremations, part of an inhumation , flint flakes and sherd of pottery
Stanton Dale Barrow 'A'. Grid Ref:- SK 10775 48088. A small, roughly oval barrow 16.5m by 12m and up to 0.7m high with a flattened top. Sited to the south of the highest point of the hill and to the south of the public footpath. The north-east and south-west sides of the barrow mound are much steeper than the other sides possibly suggesting robbing has occurred. An irregularly-shaped shallow pit at the centre of the mound is thought to be the result of excavation. The previously un-located excavation of 'Dale barrow, Stanton' by Samuel Carrington on 6th September 1848 is now thought to have taken place here. That barrow contained an unusual burial deposit, two cremations (one male, one female) lain head to foot on the old land surface which appeared to have been imperfectly cremated in situ leaving the skeletons partially intact. Some flint flakes and a fragment of pottery were also found. Some teeth and unburnt parts of a human skull had been disturbed by the southern cremation and seemed to represent an earlier interment that had been moved to make way for the cremations.
Mark Wood, 22 September 2014
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