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Bowl barrow west of Castlegate Lane

A Scheduled Monument in Little Longstone, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.2516 / 53°15'5"N

Longitude: -1.7277 / 1°43'39"W

OS Eastings: 418263.492255

OS Northings: 372764.346449

OS Grid: SK182727

Mapcode National: GBR JZCV.R3

Mapcode Global: WHCD0.FJHM

Entry Name: Bowl barrow west of Castlegate Lane

Scheduled Date: 4 February 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008789

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13381

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Little Longstone

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Longstone St Giles

Church of England Diocese: Derby


The monument lies above Hay Dale on the limestone plateau of Derbyshire, 30m
west of Castlegate Lane opposite its junction with Chertpit Lane. It includes
a sub-circular barrow measuring 15m by 13.5m and surviving to a height of
0.75m. Originally the barrow would have stood slightly higher and been more
uniformly circular but its form has been somewhat altered by ploughing. In
1851 Thomas Bateman carried out a partial excavation of the site and
recovered, in addition to the scattered bones of several burials, a central
skeleton which lay on limestone slabs and was accompanied by a pottery food
vessel. The bones of an infant were also found, in addition to a number of
flint artefacts. The burial remains indicate a Bronze Age date for the

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 has been partially disturbed by excavation and
p1oughing, it is still reasonably well-preserved and will include significant
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), 74
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire , (1977), 69
Manby, T G, 'Derbyshire Archaeological Journal' in Food Vessels of the Peak District (1957), , Vol. 77, (1957), 74

Source: Historic England

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