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Aleck Low bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Hartington Nether Quarter, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.1322 / 53°7'55"N

Longitude: -1.7401 / 1°44'24"W

OS Eastings: 417485.779817

OS Northings: 359480.399078

OS Grid: SK174594

Mapcode National: GBR 47B.QVM

Mapcode Global: WHCDL.7JMM

Entry Name: Aleck Low bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 9 October 1981

Last Amended: 13 July 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010967

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13304

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Hartington Nether Quarter

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Biggin St Thomas

Church of England Diocese: Derby


Aleck Low bowl barrow is a sub-circular cairn situated on the western upland
ridges of the limestone plateau of Derbyshire. The monument includes a mound
measuring 17m by 14.5m surviving to a height of c.1m and with a visible
limestone kerb. The top and part of the north quadrant of the mound have been
damaged by partial excavations carried out prior to and during the nineteenth
century. Ploughing has also caused some disturbance in the past by reducing
the overall diameter. A Bronze Age date has been assigned to the monument
following the discoveries made by Thomas Bateman during his excavation of part
of the site in 1843. These included a crouched inhumation and a cremation,
fragments of Bronze Age pottery and a number of flint tools. An Ordnance
Survey trig point, on the eastern side of the monument, 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 part of Aleck Low bowl barrow has been examined, considerably more
survives largely undisturbed and contains further significant archaeological

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), 45
Jewitt, L, Grave Mounds and their Contents, (1870), 72-3
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire , (1977), 48
Manby, T G, 'Derbyshire Archaeological Journal' in Food Vessels of the Peak District (1957), , Vol. 77, (1957)

Source: Historic England

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