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Moat Low bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Newton Grange, Derbyshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.083 / 53°4'58"N

Longitude: -1.7699 / 1°46'11"W

OS Eastings: 415507.86407

OS Northings: 353995.15305

OS Grid: SK155539

Mapcode National: GBR 47W.PBN

Mapcode Global: WHCDR.SRCX

Entry Name: Moat Low bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 28 February 1963

Last Amended: 13 July 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011008

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13317

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Newton Grange

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Tissington St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Derby

Details

Moat Low bowl barrow, also known as Moot Low, is a sub-circular cairn with a
hilltop location in the south-western ridges of the limestone plateau of
Derbyshire. The monument includes a mound measuring 29m by 25m and standing
c.1m high. Partial excavation carried out by Thomas Bateman in 1845 revealed a
rock-cut grave containing two skeletons, the easternmost accompanied by burnt
bones and the westernmost by a bronze flat axe and the jaw of a pig. The axe
indicates a Bronze Age date for the barrow. Excluded from the scheduling are
the drystone walls that cross the edge of the monument, although the ground
beneath them is included.

MAP EXTRACT
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
protection.

Although Moat Low bowl barrow has suffered disturbance from excavation it
is a well preserved example containing further significant archaeological
remains.

Source: Historic England

Sources

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), 68
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire , (1977), 77
Fowler, M, 'Derbyshire Archaeological Journal' in The Transition from the Late Neolithic...in the Peak District, (1955)

Source: Historic England

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