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Sharp Low bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Newton Grange, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.0728 / 53°4'21"N

Longitude: -1.7607 / 1°45'38"W

OS Eastings: 416131.778017

OS Northings: 352863.251375

OS Grid: SK161528

Mapcode National: GBR 482.CNP

Mapcode Global: WHCDY.X1R5

Entry Name: Sharp Low bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 10 March 1969

Last Amended: 18 December 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009170

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13322

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Newton Grange

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Tissington St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Derby


Sharp Low bowl barrow is a sub-circular cairn in a hilltop location in the
south-western ridges of the limestone plateau of Derbyshire. The monument
includes a well preserved mound measuring 18m by 14m and standing c.0.6m high.
Partial excavation carried out by Thomas Bateman in 1848 revealed two crouched
skeletons which indicate a Bronze Age date for the barrow. At the centre of
the barrow was a stone underneath which lay a bull's horn and another bone.
Close to the westernmost skeleton were found pot sherds and animal bones and
also an iron knife bearing an impression of the fabric in which it had
previously been wrapped. The knife indicates the re-use of the barrow in the
Anglian period. Excluded from the scheduling are the walls crossing the edges
of the monument, although the ground beneath them 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 Sharp Low bowl barrow has been disturbed by excavation, it is
a well preserved example containing further significant archaeological

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)
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire , (1977)
Meaney, A L S, Gazetteer of Early Anglo-Saxon Burial Sites, (1964)

Source: Historic England

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