Cow Low bowl barrow


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008998

Date first listed: 21-Sep-1954

Date of most recent amendment: 04-Jan-1993


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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: Chapel-en-le-Frith

National Grid Reference: SK 06537 78665


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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 stone-robbing, Cow Low bowl barrow is a reasonably well preserved exampIe containing significant intact archaeological deposits.


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Cow Low bowl barrow is a sub-circular cairn situated on the eastern edge of Combs Moss in a hilltop location in the western gritstone moorlands of Derbyshire. The monument includes a mound measuring 23m by 20m which survives to a height of c.0.6m. Originally the mound would have been somewhat higher, but the surface of the cairn has been disturbed in the past by stone robbing; probably for walling at the time of the Enclosures Acts. The barrow may also have been partially excavated by Thomas Bateman in the mid-nineteenth century when a barrow near Buxton, known as Cow Low, was found to contain a hexagonal cist containing two skeletons and a food vessel. In addition to these remains, the overall appearance and location of the barrow and its proximity to other monuments of the period, indicate that it dates 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: 13344

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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)
Bateman, T, Vestiges of the Antiquities of Derbyshire, (1849), 93
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire , (1977), 27
Manby, T G, 'Derbyshire Archaeological Journal' in Food Vessels of the Peak District (1957), , Vol. 77, (1957), 1-29

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