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Hollins Hill bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Hartington upper Quarter, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.2082 / 53°12'29"N

Longitude: -1.911 / 1°54'39"W

OS Eastings: 406040.311151

OS Northings: 367909.412507

OS Grid: SK060679

Mapcode National: GBR 34T.X9K

Mapcode Global: WHBBZ.MM6C

Entry Name: Hollins Hill bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 8 June 1970

Last Amended: 4 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009571

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13350

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Hartington upper Quarter

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Earl Sterndale St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Derby


Hollins Hill bowl barrow is a roughly circular cairn in a hilltop location on
the edge of the western gritstone moorlands of Derbyshire at its interface
with the limestone plateau. The monument includes a mound measuring 12.5m by
13.5m by c.1.2m high. This was partially excavated by Thomas Bateman in 1851
and found to contain a primary rock-cut grave which held the remains of a
human cremation. This part of the barrow had been previously disturbed and
was opened again in 1894 by M Salt who found small lead tablets left by
Bateman. Bateman's finds indicate a Bronze Age date for the barrow.

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 the centre of Hollins Hill bowl barrow has been disturbed, the
remainder of the barrow is well preserved and contains further
archaeologically significant 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, Ten Years Diggings in Celtic and Saxon Grave-Hills, (1861)
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire , (1977)
Thesis, Lewis, GD, The Bronze Age in the Southern Pennines, (1970)

Source: Historic England

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