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Scheduled Monument: FOX LOW BOWL BARROW ( 1008921)

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Authority English Heritage
Other Ref SM Cat. No. 214
Date assigned Monday, June 8, 1970
Date last amended Thursday, December 17, 1992


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. Despite partial disturbance caused by the cairn being robbed of part of its construction material, Fox Low bowl barrow is largely intact and contains significant archaeological remains. DETAILS Fox Low bowl barrow is a sub-circular cairn situated in the western upland ridges of the limestone plateau of Derbyshire. The monument includes a mound measuring 16m by 14.5m and standing c.1.5m high, though some of this height is natural and due to the hilltop location of the barrow. The stone from the north-western edge of the mound has been removed, probably for drystone walling at the time of the Enclosures. In addition, the monument is slightly disturbed on the south-western and south-eastern edges where a wall which formerly crossed the barrow has been removed. The barrow may be that partially excavated by Thomas Bateman in 1850 and found to contain human remains but this is at present uncertain. The overall appearance and location of the barrow indicate it to be of Bronze Age date. SELECTED SOURCES Book Reference - Author: Barnatt, J - Title: The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989) - Date: 1989 Book Reference - Author: Barnatt, J - Title: The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989) - Date: 1989 Book Reference - Author: Bateman, T. - Title: Vestiges of the Antiquities of Derbyshire - Date: 1848 - Page References: 157 - Type: DESC TEXT Book Reference - Author: Bateman, Thomas - Title: Ten Years Diggings in Celtic and Saxon Grave-Hills (1861) - Date: 1861 - Page References: 66 - Type: DESC TEXT Book Reference - Author: Marsden B - Title: The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire (1977) - Date: 1977 - Page References: 26 - Type: DESC TEXT

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  • Scheduling record: English Heritage. 1970. Scheduling Notification: Fox Low Bowl Barrow. List entry no. 1008921. SM Cat. No. 214.



Grid reference Centred SK 0672 7123 (23m by 21m)
Map sheet SK07SE

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