Round cairn on Bridge-end Pasture, 600m north-east of Two Thorne Fields Farm

Overview

Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
1008071
Date first listed:
22-Feb-1994

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round cairn on Bridge-end Pasture, 600m north-east of Two Thorne Fields Farm
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Location

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

County:
Derbyshire
District:
High Peak (District Authority)
Parish:
Hope Woodlands
National Park:
PEAK DISTRICT
National Grid Reference:
SK 17645 87742

Reasons for Designation

Round cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as stone mounds covering single or multiple burials. These burials may be placed within the mound in stone-lined compartments called cists. In some cases the cairn was surrounded by a ditch. Often occupying prominent locations, cairns are a major visual element in the modern landscape. They are a relatively common feature of the uplands and are the stone equivalent of the earthen round barrows of the lowlands. Their considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

This round cairn on Bridge-end Pasture is very well-preserved and, rarely for Peak District burial mounds, appears to have escaped excavation in the 19th century and so contains intact archaeological remains.

Details

Bridge-end Pasture is situated above the Hope Valley in the northern gritstone moorlands of Derbyshire. The monument is a well-preserved gritstone round cairn which includes a roughly circular hemispherical mound measuring 6m by 5.5m and standing c.0.75m high. Although no excavation of the site has been carried out, 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.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number:
23274
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)

Legal

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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