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Putwell Hill bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Little Longstone, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.2432 / 53°14'35"N

Longitude: -1.7453 / 1°44'43"W

OS Eastings: 417092.558157

OS Northings: 371824.41863

OS Grid: SK170718

Mapcode National: GBR JZ7Y.Y3

Mapcode Global: WHCD0.5R52

Entry Name: Putwell Hill bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 30 December 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008816

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13384

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


Putwell Hill lies north of Monsal Dale and is part of the limestone plateau of
Derbyshire. The monument includes a sub-circular cairn measuring 17m by 13m
and standing c.1m high. Originally the barrow would have been more uniformly
round but it has been somewhat depleted by stone-robbing for the construction
of the three drystone walls that converge on it. This activity probably
occurred in the late seventeenth or early eighteenth centuries and has
disturbed the archaeological remains that lie at the centre of the barrow. In
1850, Thomas Bateman carried out a partial excavation of the site and found
evidence of both cremation and inhumation burials. These remains were not in
association with any datable artefacts but the appearance of the barrow and
its proximity to others of the period indicate a Bronze Age date. The walls
crossing the monument are excluded from the scheduling though the ground
underneath is included.

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 Putwell Hill bowl barrow has been disturbed by stone-robbing and its
centre by partial excavation, it is still a reasonably well-preserved example
containing significant 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), 70
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire , (1977)

Source: Historic England

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