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Bowl barrow on Longstone Moor

A Scheduled Monument in Wardlow, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.2595 / 53°15'34"N

Longitude: -1.7167 / 1°42'59"W

OS Eastings: 418997.868177

OS Northings: 373642.926862

OS Grid: SK189736

Mapcode National: GBR JZGR.49

Mapcode Global: WHCD0.LBRK

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Longstone Moor

Scheduled Date: 30 December 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008770

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13379

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Wardlow

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Longstone St Giles

Church of England Diocese: Derby


The barrow is situated on the western edge of Longstone Moor on the limestone
plateau of Derbyshire. The monument includes a sub-circular mound with a
diameter of 16m by 19.5m and a height of c.l.7m. In 1851, Thomas Bateman
carried out a partial excavation of the mound and uncovered a rock cut grave
which contained the remains of a human cremation. A flint knife was also
recovered. These remains indicate a Bronze Age date for the barrow.

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 this bowl barrow on Longstone Moor has been partially disturbed by
excavation, the disturbance is limited to the centre of the mound. The
remainder is well-preserved and will include substantial areas of 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)
Bateman, T, Ten Years Diggings in Celtic and Saxon Grave-Hills, (1861), 79
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire , (1977)

Source: Historic England

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