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Moot Low bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Brassington, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.1057 / 53°6'20"N

Longitude: -1.644 / 1°38'38"W

OS Eastings: 423932.889582

OS Northings: 356564.219687

OS Grid: SK239565

Mapcode National: GBR 595.C61

Mapcode Global: WHCDT.Q6CD

Entry Name: Moot Low bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 14 December 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009015

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13337

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Brassington

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Brassington St James

Church of England Diocese: Derby


Moot Low bowl barrow is a sub-circular cairn situated in the south-eastern
uplands of the limestone plateau of Derbyshire. The monument includes a mound
measuring 20m by 23m by c.1.5m high which has been somewhat disturbed in the
past, either by wall-builders robbing it for its stone or by miners from
nearby surface workings who may have mistaken the barrow for a spoil heap left
after earlier lead exploration. In 1844, Thomas Bateman carried out a partial
excavation of the barrow and recovered a crouched skeleton and the remains of
a cremation with a burnt bronze razor in a collared urn. Both burials indicate
a Bronze Age date for the barrow. Excluded from the scheduling is the field
wall crossing the north-western edge of the monument 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

Although partially disturbed by excavation and stone-robbing, Moot Low bowl
barrow is a reasonably well preserved example retaining 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, Vestiges of the Antiquities of Derbyshire, (1849), 51-52
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire , (1977), 25

Source: Historic England

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