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Bowl barrow on Longstone Moor

A Scheduled Monument in Great Longstone, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.2563 / 53°15'22"N

Longitude: -1.7184 / 1°43'6"W

OS Eastings: 418883.721612

OS Northings: 373293.056636

OS Grid: SK188732

Mapcode National: GBR JZFS.RD

Mapcode Global: WHCD0.KDYZ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Longstone Moor

Scheduled Date: 31 October 1952

Last Amended: 17 December 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010801

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13357

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Great Longstone

Built-Up Area: Great Longstone

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Longstone St Giles

Church of England Diocese: Derby


This bowl barrow is located on the western edge of Longstone Moor which is
part of the limestone plateau of Derbyshire. The monument includes a roughly
circular cairn measuring 18m by 17.5m and standing c.1m high. In 1851, the
barrow was partially excavated by Thomas Bateman and a rock-cut grave found
containing a sherd of pottery and a skeleton. These remains date the barrow
to the Bronze Age. The skeleton had been disturbed, suggesting that the
centre of the barrow had been opened prior to Bateman's exploration, probably
by late eighteenth-century treasure hunters.

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 this bowl barrow on Longstone Moor has been disturbed,
the larger part of the monument is intact and will contain significant
undisturbed archaeological 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, (1986), 39

Source: Historic England

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