Bowl barrow on Calton Pastures, 950m west of Calton Houses

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007995

Date first listed: 16-Feb-1994

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Calton Pastures, 950m west of Calton Houses
© Crown Copyright and database right 2018. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2018. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1007995 .pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 15-Nov-2018 at 14:20:40.

Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Derbyshire

District: Derbyshire Dales (District Authority)

Parish: Edensor

National Park: PEAK DISTRICT

National Grid Reference: SK 23626 68497

Summary

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

Reasons for Designation

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.

All the barrows on Calton Pastures have been disturbed by excavation and ploughing, but all are nevertheless reasonably well preserved and retain significant areas of intact archaeological deposits. This barrow is the least well-preserved but is important in terms of group value.

History

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

Details

The monument is one of a dispersed alignment of five bowl barrows situated on Calton Pastures in the eastern gritstone moorlands of Derbyshire. It includes the remains of a partially excavated barrow which originally stood between 1.5m and 2m high and is currently 12m by 9m in diameter. It may have been this barrow that was excavated by Major Rooke in either 1779 or 1787, since it had clearly been disturbed when, in 1850, Thomas Bateman reopened it and then abandoned it without examining the rest of the mound. Rooke's barrow contained a small cist or stone-lined grave, the slabs from which remain in the barrow. The cist held a pottery food vessel and a cremation which date the monument to the Bronze Age. Faint earthworks from ridge and furrow ploughing lie next to the barrow but are not included in the scheduling.

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.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 23252

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

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), 64-65

End of official listing