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Ivet Low bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Hopton, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.0861 / 53°5'10"N

Longitude: -1.6138 / 1°36'49"W

OS Eastings: 425961.805668

OS Northings: 354391.943768

OS Grid: SK259543

Mapcode National: GBR 59F.DTZ

Mapcode Global: WHCDV.5PSG

Entry Name: Ivet Low bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 10 June 1970

Last Amended: 10 December 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009014

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13336

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Hopton

Built-Up Area: Middleton

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Wirksworth St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Derby


Ivet Low bowl barrow, also known as Ibet or Abbot's Low, is a sub-circular
cairn situated in the south-eastern uplands of the limestone plateau of
Derbyshire. The monument includes a mound measuring 22m by 20m and surviving
to a height of c.1m. A Bronze Age date has been assigned to the barrow
following the discovery in 1793 of an urn containing cremated human remains.
In addition, at about the same time, a Roman inscribed stone was also
recovered indicating possible re-use of the barrow during the Roman period or
later. Excluded from the scheduling is the field wall crossing the monument on
the south side but 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

Despite disturbance caused by tree planting and limited excavation in the
past, Ivet Low bowl barrow is a well preserved example of which the
archaeological remains are largely intact.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire , (1977), 63
Rooke, H, 'Archaeologia' in Archaeologia , (1796)
Chandos-Pole-Gell unpublished manuscript,

Source: Historic England

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