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Round cairn at Gospel Hillocks, Cowdale

A Scheduled Monument in King Sterndale, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.2411 / 53°14'28"N

Longitude: -1.871 / 1°52'15"W

OS Eastings: 408706.441337

OS Northings: 371575.022091

OS Grid: SK087715

Mapcode National: GBR HZCY.QV

Mapcode Global: WHCCY.7S9N

Entry Name: Round cairn at Gospel Hillocks, Cowdale

Scheduled Date: 10 June 1970

Last Amended: 8 January 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012595

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13208

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: King Sterndale

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Buxton with Burbage and King Sterndale

Church of England Diocese: Derby


One of two cairns at Gospel Hillocks, lying c.100m apart. Measuring
14m x 13m in diameter and c.1m high, it was opened in 1896 and found to
contain a pit under a large slab in which the primary burial had been
laid: a crouched inhumation covered with a mixture of clay, leaves and
charcoal and associated with burnt bones. Two later disturbed
inhumations were found near the turf, along with flint flakes and
additional burnt bones.

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

The cairn is a well-preserved and rare example of an upland
Neolithic/Bronze Age burial monument and is part of the rich Bronze Age
landscape of the Peak District. Its proximity to an an earlier example
is of additional importance. Excavation in the nineteenth century
suggests the cairn was utilised over a long period of time, with
secondary burials being inserted after the primary pit burial. Despite
these early explorations, a significant proportion of undisturbed
deposits are anticipated to survive within the cairn and the ditch. In
addition, the ancient land surface will be preserved under the cairn.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Ward, J, 'Proc. Soc. Antiquities' in Proc. Soc. Antiquities (Volume 17), , Vol. 17, (1899), 310-12

Source: Historic England

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