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Round cairn between Coombes Edge and Cown Edge

A Scheduled Monument in Charlesworth, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.4238 / 53°25'25"N

Longitude: -1.9707 / 1°58'14"W

OS Eastings: 402044.650468

OS Northings: 391892.224606

OS Grid: SK020918

Mapcode National: GBR GXPV.4C

Mapcode Global: WHB9Z.P6SK

Entry Name: Round cairn between Coombes Edge and Cown Edge

Scheduled Date: 5 January 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009048

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23320

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Charlesworth

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Charlesworth St John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: Derby


The monument is located in the north west fringes of the western gritstone
moorlands of the Peak District and is prominently situated near the head of
a discrete gritstone spur, sandwiched between Coombes Edge to the north west
and Cown Edge to the south east. It includes a sub-circular grass-covered
gritstone cairn measuring 13m by 10m by 1.5m high which has suffered some
surface disturbance due to the activities of Enclosure period stone-getters.
Although it has not been excavated, its form, location and similarity to
other monuments of this class date it to the Bronze Age. In addition, it
is associated with the only Bronze Age cairnfield so far identified on the
western gritstone uplands. Although this cairnfield is also of substantial
archaeological importance, it has not been fully surveyed and its extent is
not sufficiently understood for it to be included in the scheduling at this

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

Round cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age
(c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as stone mounds covering single or
multiple burials. These burials may be placed within the mound in stone-lined
compartments called cists. In some cases the cairn was surrounded by a ditch.
Often occupying prominent locations, cairns are a major visual element in the
modern landscape. They are a relatively common feature of the uplands and are
the stone equivalent of the earthen round barrows of the lowlands. Their
considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide
important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation
amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of
their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered
worthy of protection.

The cairn between Coombes Edge and Cown Edge is a reasonably well preserved
example which, although somewhat disturbed by stone-getting, retains
substantial intact archaeological remains and is associated with other
important Bronze Age features.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Barnatt, J W, Peak District Barrow Survey, 1989, unpublished survey

Source: Historic England

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