Bowl barrow on Withery Low

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008936

Date first listed: 07-Jan-1971

Date of most recent amendment: 04-Jan-1993

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Withery Low
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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: Wormhill

National Park: PEAK DISTRICT

National Grid Reference: SK 10165 76498

Summary

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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.

Although partially disturbed by excavation, the south-western bowl barrow on Withery Low is a well preserved example with significant intact archaeological remains.

History

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Details

Withery Low, also known as Withered Low, is part of Wormhill Moor and lies on the limestone plateau of Derbyshire north of Wye Dale. The monument includes the south-western of a pair of barrows spaced c.50m apart at the top of the hill. The barrow comprises a mound measuring 14.5m by 12m by 0.5m high and was partially excavated by Thomas Bateman in 1846. Bateman did not find any remains but the location and appearance of the barrow indicate a Bronze Age date. In addition, it is one of a number of similar barrows to be found in the Wormhill area.

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: 13353

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, Vestiges of the Antiquities of Derbyshire, (1849), 95-6
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire , (1977), 100
Other
Thesis, Lewis, GD, The Bronze Age in the Southern Pennines, (1970)

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