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Bowl barrow at north-west end of summit of Gratton Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Hartington Town Quarter, Derbyshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.1118 / 53°6'42"N

Longitude: -1.8051 / 1°48'18"W

OS Eastings: 413140.1026

OS Northings: 357198.011399

OS Grid: SK131571

Mapcode National: GBR 47G.SJ8

Mapcode Global: WHCDR.71NR

Entry Name: Bowl barrow at north-west end of summit of Gratton Hill

Scheduled Date: 23 October 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009523

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13528

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Hartington Town Quarter

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Alstonfield St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow located on a natural knoll at the
north-west end of the summit crest of Gratton Hill. It survives as an oval
mound up to 1m high with maximum dimensions of 12m by 10m. There is a shallow
pit some 2m diameter by 0.2m deep at the barrow's centre. The barrow is not
known to have been excavated.

MAP EXTRACT
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
protection.

Despite the shallow hollow in the top of the mound this barrow survives in
good condition.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Other
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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