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Boars Low bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Tissington and Lea Hall, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.0703 / 53°4'12"N

Longitude: -1.7487 / 1°44'55"W

OS Eastings: 416933.031188

OS Northings: 352588.034996

OS Grid: SK169525

Mapcode National: GBR 483.GPK

Mapcode Global: WHCDZ.33K3

Entry Name: Boars Low bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 22 July 1964

Last Amended: 13 July 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013878

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13321

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Tissington and Lea Hall

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Tissington St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Derby


Boars Low bowl barrow, also known as Bowers Low or Rose Low, is a roughly
circular cairn in an unusual low-lying location in the south-western ridges of
the limestone plateau of Derbyshire. The monument includes a large,
well preserved mound measuring 25m by 24m and standing at a height of c.3m.
This was partially excavated by Lucas in the 1860s and found to contain a
contracted inhumation and a cremation burial, both of which indicate a Bronze
Age date for the barrow. A later Anglian burial was also found indicating the
re-use of the barrow in the early medieval period. The drystone wall crossing
the edge 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 partially disturbed by excavation, Boars Low 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), 290
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire, (1986), 97
Evison, V I, 'Journal of Antiquities' in Journal of Antiquities, , Vol. 43, (1963), 48
Lucas, J F, 'The Reliquary' in The Reliquary (Volume 5), , Vol. 5, (1864), 165-9

Source: Historic England

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