Ivet Low bowl barrow


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009014

Date first listed: 10-Jun-1970

Date of most recent amendment: 10-Dec-1992


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

County: Derbyshire

District: Derbyshire Dales (District Authority)

Parish: Hopton

National Grid Reference: SK 25962 54392


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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.

Despite disturbance caused by tree planting and limited excavation in the past, Ivet Low bowl barrow is a well preserved example of which the archaeological remains are largely intact.


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Ivet Low bowl barrow, also known as Ibet or Abbot's Low, is a sub-circular cairn situated in the south-eastern uplands of the limestone plateau of Derbyshire. The monument includes a mound measuring 22m by 20m and surviving to a height of c.1m. A Bronze Age date has been assigned to the barrow following the discovery in 1793 of an urn containing cremated human remains. In addition, at about the same time, a Roman inscribed stone was also recovered indicating possible re-use of the barrow during the Roman period or later. Excluded from the scheduling is the field wall crossing the monument on the south side but the ground underneath is included.

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: 13336

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire , (1977), 63
Rooke, H, 'Archaeologia' in Archaeologia , (1796)
Chandos-Pole-Gell unpublished manuscript,

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