Pike Low bowl barrow


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008070

Date first listed: 07-Jun-1971

Date of most recent amendment: 08-Dec-1993


Ordnance survey map of Pike Low bowl barrow
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Derbyshire

District: High Peak (District Authority)

Parish: Derwent

National Park: PEAK DISTRICT

National Grid Reference: SK 18031 89747


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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.

Pike Low bowl barrow is a large and well-preserved example of a Peak District barrow which escaped excavation in the 19th century and so, despite minor disturbance by stone-getters, contains rare intact archaeological remains.


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The monument is situated above the Derwent Valley in the eastern gritstone moorlands of Derbyshire. It includes a sub-circular steep-sided mound with a diameter of 17m by 15m and a current height of c.2m. Originally it may have been somewhat higher but part of the summit has been quarried by stone-getters, probably in the late 18th or early 19th century. No recorded excavation of the site has been carried out, but its location and form date it to the Bronze Age.

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.


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Legacy System number: 23273

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Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)

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