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Moneystones bowl barrow north

A Scheduled Monument in Hartington Nether Quarter, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.1516 / 53°9'5"N

Longitude: -1.7759 / 1°46'33"W

OS Eastings: 415083.261875

OS Northings: 361633.156152

OS Grid: SK150616

Mapcode National: GBR 473.FTD

Mapcode Global: WHCDK.P1JQ

Entry Name: Moneystones bowl barrow north

Scheduled Date: 20 May 1963

Last Amended: 13 July 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010949

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13306

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Hartington Nether Quarter

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Hartington St Giles

Church of England Diocese: Derby


The northernmost bowl barrow at Moneystones is a sub-circular cairn and is
located on the western upland ridges of the limestone plateau of Derbyshire.
The monument includes a mound measuring 26m by 24m surviving to a height of
c.1m. It is associated with a second barrow which lies c.120m to the south-
The cairn has been heavily disturbed along a line from north-west to
south-east where stone has been taken to build the dry stone wall that passes
through the centre of monument. This is an old disturbance which dates to the
time of the Enclosure Acts in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth
centuries. Partial excavation of the disturbed areas by Thomas Bateman in 1848
located scattered and broken human bone and flint artefacts which date the
monument to the Bronze Age. The wall crossing the mound is excluded from the
scheduling, although the ground beneath it is included.

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 it has been somewhat mutilated, disturbance to the northern barrow at
Moneystones is largely restricted to the surface of the cairn and the centre
line. A significant area, including the rim of the monument, survives intact
as does most of the old land surface where further burials will have been

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), 40
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire , (1977), 49

Source: Historic England

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