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Gallowlow Lane bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Brassington, Derbyshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.1072 / 53°6'26"N

Longitude: -1.6838 / 1°41'1"W

OS Eastings: 421261.387746

OS Northings: 356716.685519

OS Grid: SK212567

Mapcode National: GBR 594.73B

Mapcode Global: WHCDT.35F8

Entry Name: Gallowlow Lane bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 4 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010101

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13329

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Brassington

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Bradbourne All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Derby

Details

Gallowlow Lane bowl barrow is a roughly circular cairn situated on Brassington
Moor in the south-eastern uplands of the limestone plateau of Derbyshire. The
monument includes a mound measuring 21m by 18.5m which survives to a height of
c.0.6m. Originally it would have been higher but the cairn has been robbed of
much of its stone, probably for wall-building in the early nineteenth century.
In other respects, however, it is undisturbed and shows traces of a central
limestone cist in which a burial would have been placed. The overall
appearance and the presence of the cist indicate a Bronze Age date for the
barrow.

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.

Although partially robbed of its stone, Gallowlow Lane bowl barrow is
otherwise intact and contains undisturbed archaeological remains.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire, (1986), 13

Source: Historic England

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