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Green Low bowl barrow, west.

A Scheduled Monument in Aldwark, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.119 / 53°7'8"N

Longitude: -1.658 / 1°39'28"W

OS Eastings: 422987.435722

OS Northings: 358030.836615

OS Grid: SK229580

Mapcode National: GBR 58Z.FN5

Mapcode Global: WHCDM.HVQT

Entry Name: Green Low bowl barrow, west.

Scheduled Date: 4 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010103

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13331

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Aldwark

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Bradbourne All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Derby


Green Low bowl barrow, west is a sub-circular cairn situated c.150m due west
of Green Low chambered tomb in the south-eastern uplands of the limestone
plateau of Derbyshire. The monument includes a mound measuring 17m by 15m by
c.0.7m high and with a visible kerb of limestone blocks. In 1843, a partial
excavation of the barrow was carried out by Thomas Bateman who discovered a
cremation burial within a limestone cist and also a secondary inhumation.
Both burials were accompanied by flint arrowheads and tools which indicate a
Bronze Age date for the barrow. Excluded from the scheduling are the walls
crossing the northern edge of the monument though the ground underneath is

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 Green Low west bowl barrow has been partially disturbed by
excavation, it is still a well-preserved and substantially intact example.

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, Vestiges of the Antiquities of Derbyshire, (1849), 43-4
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire, (1986), 8

Source: Historic England

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