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Pike Low bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Derwent, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.4042 / 53°24'15"N

Longitude: -1.7302 / 1°43'48"W

OS Eastings: 418030.780557

OS Northings: 389746.881497

OS Grid: SK180897

Mapcode National: GBR JYC2.6D

Mapcode Global: WHCC7.DP9L

Entry Name: Pike Low bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 7 June 1971

Last Amended: 8 December 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008070

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23273

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Derwent

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Bamford and Derwent St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Derby


The monument is situated above the Derwent Valley in the eastern gritstone
moorlands of Derbyshire. It includes a sub-circular steep-sided mound with a
diameter of 17m by 15m and a current height of c.2m. Originally it may have
been somewhat higher but part of the summit has been quarried by
stone-getters, probably in the late 18th or early 19th century. No recorded
excavation of the site has been carried out, but its location and form date it
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

Pike Low bowl barrow is a large and well-preserved example of a Peak District
barrow which escaped excavation in the 19th century and so, despite minor
disturbance by stone-getters, contains rare intact 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)

Source: Historic England

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