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Moneystones bowl barrow south

A Scheduled Monument in Hartington Nether Quarter, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.1506 / 53°9'2"N

Longitude: -1.7747 / 1°46'28"W

OS Eastings: 415167.39399

OS Northings: 361524.470116

OS Grid: SK151615

Mapcode National: GBR 473.G4X

Mapcode Global: WHCDK.Q24G

Entry Name: Moneystones bowl barrow south

Scheduled Date: 20 May 1963

Last Amended: 13 July 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010971

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13307

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 southernmost barrow at Moneystones is a roughly circular cairn situated on
the western upland ridges of the limestone plateau of Derbyshire. The monument
includes a mound measuring 7m by 7.5m surviving to a height of 1m and with a
protruding kerb of limestone blocks. The monument is associated with a second
bowl barrow, lying c.120m to the north-west.
Partial excavation carried out by Thomas Bateman in 1848 revealed two crouched
inhumations on the old land surface, accompanied by flint artefacts and
flakes. From this, a Bronze Age date has been assigned to the barrow. A third
skeleton was also found, lying towards the centre of the mound nearer to the
surface. This skeleton had been buried at a later date than the others,
indicating that the barrow had been in use over an extended period of time.

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 partially disturbed by excavation, the southern Moneystones bowl
barrow is still a well preserved example containing further significant
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), 40
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire , (1977), 49

Source: Historic England

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