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Anthony Hill bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Hartington upper Quarter, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.233 / 53°13'58"N

Longitude: -1.9317 / 1°55'54"W

OS Eastings: 404652.977208

OS Northings: 370662.055942

OS Grid: SK046706

Mapcode National: GBR 34L.BFW

Mapcode Global: WHBBS.9ZCX

Entry Name: Anthony Hill bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 10 June 1970

Last Amended: 24 September 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007761

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13347

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Hartington upper Quarter

Built-Up Area: University of Sheffield Research Laboratories

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Buxton with Burbage and King Sterndale

Church of England Diocese: Derby


Anthony Hill bowl barrow is a roughly circular cairn situated above an
escarpment in the western upland ridges of the limestone plateau of
Derbyshire. The monument includes a mound measuring 13.5m by 13m and standing
c.0.5m high. Originally the mound would have been somewhat higher but the
barrow has been ploughed over in the past which has caused it to spread
slightly. A partial excavation of the site, carried out by Thomas Bateman in
1851, revealed a boar's tusk and scattered human bone from a secondary
interment near to the surface of the mound. The appearance and location of the
barrow are an indication that it dates to the Bronze Age.

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.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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 being partially degraded by ploughing, much of Anthony Hill bowl
barrow survives intact and will contain significant archaeological remains
including those of the primary central burial.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Bateman, T, Ten Years Diggings in Celtic and Saxon Grave-Hills, (1861)
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire , (1977)

Source: Historic England

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