Round cairn at Gospel Hillocks, Cowdale


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012595

Date first listed: 10-Jun-1970

Date of most recent amendment: 08-Jan-1991


Ordnance survey map of Round cairn at Gospel Hillocks, Cowdale
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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: King Sterndale

National Park: PEAK DISTRICT

National Grid Reference: SK 08706 71575


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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.


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Legacy System number: 13208

Legacy System: RSM


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

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