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Round cairn on Harland Edge

A Scheduled Monument in Brampton, Derbyshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.2191 / 53°13'8"N

Longitude: -1.5696 / 1°34'10"W

OS Eastings: 428836.832142

OS Northings: 369197.5528

OS Grid: SK288691

Mapcode National: GBR 57Y.012

Mapcode Global: WHCD8.VCR1

Entry Name: Round cairn on Harland Edge

Scheduled Date: 26 October 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008601

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23325

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Brampton

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Beeley St Anne

Church of England Diocese: Derby

Details

The monument is situated on Harland Edge which is in an area of the eastern
gritstone moorlands of the Peak District commonly known as the East Moors. It
includes a roughly circular gritstone cairn with a diameter of c.3m and a
height of c.0.5m. It is one of several cairns to be found on Harland Edge, all
of which are assigned to the Bronze Age on the basis of form, excavated
evidence and their proximity to the extensive Bronze Age field systems
occurring below Harland Edge on Beeley Moor and Beeley Warren. This particular
example lies c.100m ESE of Hob Hurst's House.

MAP EXTRACT
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

Round cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age
(c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as stone mounds covering single or
multiple burials. These burials may be placed within the mound in stone-lined
compartments called cists. In some cases the cairn was surrounded by a ditch.
Often occupying prominent locations, cairns are a major visual element in the
modern landscape. They are a relatively common feature of the uplands and are
the stone equivalent of the earthen round barrows of the lowlands. Their
considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide
important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation
amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of
their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered
worthy of protection.

The cairn is a well preserved example which appears not to have been disturbed
and so will retain intact archaeological remains. Also of importance is its
proximity to other Bronze Age cairns and its association with a relict Bronze
Age landscape.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Barnatt, J W, 'Derbyshire Archaeological Journal' in Bronze Age Remains on the East Moors of the Peak District, , Vol. 106, (1986), 63
Other
Barnatt, John, (1993)

Source: Historic England

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