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Cairn on Bamford Moor, 500m east of Great Tor

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 on Bamford Moor, 500m east of Great Tor

List entry Number: 1018216

Location

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

County: Derbyshire

District: High Peak

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Bamford

National Park: PEAK DISTRICT

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 28-Feb-1963

Date of most recent amendment: 05-Feb-1999

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 29835

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.

Round cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2000-700 BC). They were constructed as stone mounds covering single or multiple burials which were often placed within the mound in stone-lined compartments called cists. Often occupying prominent locations, cairns are a major visual element in the modern landscape. They are a relatively common feature in the uplands and are the stone equivalent of the earthen round barrows of the lowlands. Their considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation amongst prehistoric communities. The cairn 500m east of Great Tor is important because of its structural complexity and the potential for the survival of buried remains.

History

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Details

The monument includes a prehistoric cairn located on a ridge of land facing northwards. Although the cairn has been disturbed, it displays extensive and complex structural features. It forms one of a small group of dispersed larger cairns on the Bamford moors and is dated to the Bronze Age. The cairn measures 13.5m by 12m and stands approximately 0.6m high. It appears to have been extensively robbed of stone, possibly for wall building. However, even though stone has been removed from the cairn the structure still remains higher than the surrounding landscape, indicating that much undisturbed material is likely to remain, especially below ground. This is likely to include human burial remains and complex architectural features. Still surviving is a carefully arranged kerb of gritstones around the base of the cairn. The structure is large in comparison with other cairns on the surrounding moorlands and this, together with its relatively isolated location, indicates that its function was ceremonial.

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 W, 'Derbyshire Archaeological Journal' in Bronze Age Remains on the East Moors of the Peak District, , Vol. 106, (1986), 26-7
Other
Barnatt, J W, Peak District Barrow Survey, 1989, unpublished survey

National Grid Reference: SK 21228 84920

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