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Fox Low bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Cote Heath, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.2381 / 53°14'17"N

Longitude: -1.9006 / 1°54'2"W

OS Eastings: 406728.814018

OS Northings: 371235.465176

OS Grid: SK067712

Mapcode National: GBR HZ5Z.9Y

Mapcode Global: WHBBS.SV4Z

Entry Name: Fox Low bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 8 June 1970

Last Amended: 17 December 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008921

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13346

County: Derbyshire

Electoral Ward/Division: Cote Heath

Built-Up Area: Buxton

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Buxton with Burbage and King Sterndale

Church of England Diocese: Derby


Fox Low bowl barrow is a sub-circular cairn situated in the western upland
ridges of the limestone plateau of Derbyshire. The monument includes a mound
measuring 16m by 14.5m and standing c.1.5m high, though some of this height is
natural and due to the hilltop location of the barrow. The stone from the
north-western edge of the mound has been removed, probably for drystone
walling at the time of the Enclosures. In addition, the monument is slightly
disturbed on the south-western and south-eastern edges where a wall which
formerly crossed the barrow has been removed. The barrow may be that
partially excavated by Thomas Bateman in 1850 and found to contain human
remains but this is at present uncertain. The overall appearance and location
of the barrow indicate it to be of Bronze Age date.

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

Despite partial disturbance caused by the cairn being robbed of part of its
construction material, Fox Low bowl barrow is largely intact and contains
significant 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), 66
Bateman, T, Vestiges of the Antiquities of Derbyshire, (1849), 157
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire , (1977), 26

Source: Historic England

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