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Bowl barrow on Carsington Pasture, 800m south east of Brassington Brickworks

A Scheduled Monument in Carsington, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.085 / 53°5'5"N

Longitude: -1.6371 / 1°38'13"W

OS Eastings: 424401.841502

OS Northings: 354254.231502

OS Grid: SK244542

Mapcode National: GBR 59D.LXL

Mapcode Global: WHCDT.TQLC

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Carsington Pasture, 800m south east of Brassington Brickworks

Scheduled Date: 23 April 2003

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020946

English Heritage Legacy ID: 35606

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Carsington

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Carsington St Margaret

Church of England Diocese: Derby


The monument is a bowl barrow located on Carsington Pasture, an area of
upland at the southern margin of the carboniferous limestone plateau of
the Peak District known as the White Peak.
The remains include a low circular earthen mound approximately 20m in
diameter and 1m in height. The barrow has a slight hollow in the centre as
a result of excavations by the Time Team in June 2002. During these
excavations trenches which were first dug in 1983 were reopened and the
stratigraphy and content of the barrow fully recorded. Finds from the
excavation include flints, prehistoric pottery and fragments of human
bone which date the monument to the Bronze Age.

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 the bowl barrow on Carsington Pasture, 800m south east of
Brassington Brickworks, has been partially excavated the monument is
generally well-preserved. The site will retain important archaeological
and ecological deposits both in the mound and on the buried land surface
beneath it.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Guilbert, G, Archaeological reconnaissance on Carsington Pasture, Derbyshire, (1994), 7-8

Source: Historic England

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