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Nettly Knowe bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Eaton and Alsop, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.102 / 53°6'7"N

Longitude: -1.7741 / 1°46'26"W

OS Eastings: 415223.553386

OS Northings: 356112.078825

OS Grid: SK152561

Mapcode National: GBR 47P.G9K

Mapcode Global: WHCDR.Q9D8

Entry Name: Nettly Knowe bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 14 December 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009002

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13335

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Eaton and Alsop

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Alsop-en-le-Dale St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Derby


Nettly Knowe bowl barrow, also known as Net Low, is a roughly circular barrow
overlooking Dovedale in the south-western ridges of the limestone plateau of
Derbyshire. The monument includes a flat-topped mound measuring 22m by 18.5m
by c.0.6m high, partially overlain on its south-east side by a railway
embankment. A Bronze Age date was assigned to the barrow after a partial
excavation carried out by Thomas Bateman in 1845 revealed an extended skeleton
accompanied by a number of burnt flint artefacts, a bronze dagger and other
objects of bronze and jet. Excluded from the scheduling are the boundary wall
and railway embankment on the south-east side but the ground beneath these
features 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 the centre of Nettly Knowe bowl barrow has been disturbed by
excavation, it is still a well preserved example containing significant
archaeological remains. On the south-east side these will have been preserved
by the railway embankment.

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, Vestiges of the Antiquities of Derbyshire, (1849), 68-9
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire , (1977)
Fowler, M, 'Derbyshire Archaeological Journal' in The Transition From Late Neolithic To Early Br A In The Pk Dist of Derbys, (1955)

Source: Historic England

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