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Cairn 550m south of Howden Reservoir Dam wall

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Cairn 550m south of Howden Reservoir Dam wall

List entry Number: 1017663

Location

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

County: Derbyshire

District: High Peak

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Derwent

National Park: PEAK DISTRICT

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 29-Jan-1998

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 29814

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

The East Moors in Derbyshire includes all the gritstone moors east of the River Derwent. It covers an area of 105 sq km, of which around 63% is open moorland and 37% is enclosed. As a result of recent and on-going archaeological survey, the East Moors area is becoming one of the best recorded upland areas in England. On the enclosed land the archaeological remains are fragmentary, but survive sufficiently well to show that early human activity extended beyond the confines of the open moors. On the open moors there is significant and well-articulated evidence over extensive areas for human exploitation of the gritstone uplands from the Neolithic to the post-medieval periods. Bronze Age activity accounts for the most intensive use of the moorlands. Evidence for it includes some of the largest and best preserved field systems and cairnfields in northern England as well settlement sites, numerous burial monuments, stone circles and other ceremonial remains which, together, provide a detailed insight into life in the Bronze Age. Also of importance is the well preserved and often visible relationship between the remains of earlier and later periods since this provides an insight into successive changes in land use through time. A large number of the prehistoric sites on the moors, because of their rarity in a national context, excellent state of preservation and inter-connections, will be identified as nationally important.

Funerary cairns such as the cairn 550m south of Howden Reservoir Dam wall are dated to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They are a relatively common feature in the uplands of Britain and are the stone equivalents of the earthen barrows of the lowlands. Their considerable variation and longevity as a monument type provide important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation amongst prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection. The cairn 550m south of Howden Reservoir Dam wall has an unusual valley floor location. The cairn retains significant detail of its original form. It is one of a small group of cairns in the valleys of the Peak District.

History

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Details

The monument includes a stone cairn presently standing close to the high water mark of the Derwent Reservoir in North Derbyshire: the cairn is submerged when the reservoir is full. The location of the cairn, which also includes human burial remains, is unusual in being situated on the valley floor, rather than occupying the relatively high ground of the surrounding hills. The cairn stands at a confluence of two watercourses in a relatively broad area of the Derwent Valley. The cairn of medium and small stones measures 24m by 18m and stands 0.7m high. Within the cairn of stones there is evidence for a cist and central pit within a relatively complex internal arrangement. Several artefacts have been recovered from the cairn and its immediate surroundings, including cremated bone, numerous worked flint and chert lithics, a bronze object (possibly a knife) and a rubbing stone. There is also a low platform attached to the south-south west edge of the cairn which may have been a second cairn. There is evidence of stone robbing from the cairn, probably for wall building. The cairn is likely to date to the Bronze Age and, as found with similar monuments elsewhere, may have originally been a clearance cairn before burials were added. The presence of human burial remains indicates that the cairn was likely to have become important to the Bronze Age farmers as an ancestral monument. The unusual location of the cairn on the valley floor places the monument as one of a small but potentially important group of cairns in the Peak District.

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

Other
Barnatt, J W, Peak District Barrow Survey, 1989, unpublished survey
No. 4602; 8215, Derbyshire County Council SMR,

National Grid Reference: SK 16920 91891

Map

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