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Round cairn at Gospel Hillocks, Cowdale

List Entry Summary

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.

Name: Round cairn at Gospel Hillocks, Cowdale

List entry Number: 1012595


The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Derbyshire

District: High Peak

District Type: District Authority

Parish: King Sterndale

National Park: PEAK DISTRICT

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 10-Jun-1970

Date of most recent amendment: 08-Jan-1991

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 13208

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

The cairn is a well-preserved and rare example of an upland Neolithic/Bronze Age burial monument and is part of the rich Bronze Age landscape of the Peak District. Its proximity to an an earlier example is of additional importance. Excavation in the nineteenth century suggests the cairn was utilised over a long period of time, with secondary burials being inserted after the primary pit burial. Despite these early explorations, a significant proportion of undisturbed deposits are anticipated to survive within the cairn and the ditch. In addition, the ancient land surface will be preserved under the cairn.


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One of two cairns at Gospel Hillocks, lying c.100m apart. Measuring 14m x 13m in diameter and c.1m high, it was opened in 1896 and found to contain a pit under a large slab in which the primary burial had been laid: a crouched inhumation covered with a mixture of clay, leaves and charcoal and associated with burnt bones. Two later disturbed inhumations were found near the turf, along with flint flakes and additional burnt bones.

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.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Ward, J, 'Proc. Soc. Antiquities' in Proc. Soc. Antiquities (Volume 17), , Vol. 17, (1899), 310-12

National Grid Reference: SK 08706 71575


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