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Long Low bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Foolow, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.2918 / 53°17'30"N

Longitude: -1.721 / 1°43'15"W

OS Eastings: 418692.633045

OS Northings: 377241.516192

OS Grid: SK186772

Mapcode National: GBR JZFC.6P

Mapcode Global: WHCCT.JJP8

Entry Name: Long Low bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 5 October 1932

Last Amended: 8 December 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008059

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23261

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Foolow

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Bradwell St Barnabas

Church of England Diocese: Derby


Long Low is the name given to a natural linear knoll on the north-eastern
shelves of the limestone plateau of Derbyshire. The monument situated on this
knoll is a sub-circular bowl barrow which includes a low mound measuring 12m
by 10m and standing c.0.4m high. The barrow, which is sometimes known as Cop
Low, was partially excavated by Bagshawe in c.1863 when the remains of
cremation and inhumation burials were found in addition to numerous articles
of flint. These remains date the barrow 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

Although Long Low bowl barrow has been partly excavated, it retains further
significant archaeological remains.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Clarke, D L, The Beaker Pottery of Great Britain and Ireland, (1970)
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire , (1977), 42
Bagshawe, B, 'The Reliquary' in The Reliquary, (1863)

Source: Historic England

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