Gallowlow Lane bowl barrow

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010101

Date first listed: 04-Sep-1992

Map

Ordnance survey map of Gallowlow Lane bowl barrow
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Location

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

County: Derbyshire

District: Derbyshire Dales (District Authority)

Parish: Ballidon

National Park: PEAK DISTRICT

National Grid Reference: SK 21261 56717

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 robbed of its stone, Gallowlow Lane bowl barrow is otherwise intact and contains undisturbed archaeological remains.

History

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Details

Gallowlow Lane bowl barrow is a roughly circular cairn situated on Brassington Moor in the south-eastern uplands of the limestone plateau of Derbyshire. The monument includes a mound measuring 21m by 18.5m which survives to a height of c.0.6m. Originally it would have been higher but the cairn has been robbed of much of its stone, probably for wall-building in the early nineteenth century. In other respects, however, it is undisturbed and shows traces of a central limestone cist in which a burial would have been placed. The overall appearance and the presence of the cist indicate a Bronze Age date for the barrow.

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: 13329

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)
Marsden, B M, The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire, (1986), 13

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