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Monument record MDR2248 - Palisaded Enclosure, Eldon Hill Barrow, Peak Forest

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Eldon Hill, Enclosures: SK 117811. A rectilinear embanked enclosure, 2¼ acres in extent, similar to the encampment at Bathom Gate, SK 139794. (2) A rectilinear embanked enclosure, of 2¼ acres at SK 117 811. Visible on Ordnance Survey air photographs. Listed by Challis and Harding under 'Small rectangular or 'D' shaped enclosures' (Iron Age). (3,4) Two enclosures on Eldon Hill, overlooking Eldon Hole. One enclosure is within the other. The dates of these enclosures is unknown, but they are possibly Bronze Age. (5) Scheduled. A Late Bronze Age or Early Iron Age palisaded hilltop enclosure lying on a gently sloping shelf to the south of the summit of Eldon Hill. The enclosure forms an irregular 'D' shape and is defined by a clearly visible stony bank. (6) Romano-British settlement site with visible components which include lynchets, stone banks, possible earthen banks and rectilinear enclosures. The date is based upon the morphology of the site and comparison to other Romano-British enclosures. It is possibly more comparable to a later prehistoric hilltop enclosure than a Romano-British settlement enclosure. (7) Irregularly shaped enclosure of probable later prehistoric date, defined by a bank or lynchet. This site may be Iron Age in date and was either an enclosed settlement or a stock pound. The enclosure is cut by lead mining remains [see SMR 11610]. There are no internal features except two small post-medieval quarry pits and a lead mining hillock and hollow. This enclosure may be small settlement site, or a place for corralling stock, used seasonaly as animals were moved up to higher ground for summer grazing. (8) Located within an area of high priority lead mining remains. (9)

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <1> Archive: Butcher, L H. 1":1mile map; Roman Sites in North Derbyshire, South Yorkshire and Staffordshire, Sheffield City Museum Collection. Acc. No. SHEFM:1976.1061 D13. D11.
  • <2> Article in serial: East Midlands Committee of Field Archaeologists. 1963. East Midlands Archaeological Bulletin, 1963. p 2, Butcher, L H and James, C.
  • <3> Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1971. Aerial Photograph: 71/438 130-1.
  • <4> Monograph: Challis, A & Harding, W. 1975. 'Later Prehistory from the Trent to the Tyne', British Archaeological Report 20. Part 2. p 34.
  • <5> Index: NDAT. 1709.
  • <6> Scheduling record: English Heritage. 2000. Scheduling Notification. 29964. Cat. No 472.
  • <7> Unpublished document: Bevan, B (PDNPA). 2000. Peak District Romano-British Rural Upland Settlement Survey, 1998-1000. 3 vols.. No. 010, pp 151-152.
  • <8> Unpublished document: Ullathorne, A (PDNPA). 2003. Perrydale Farm, Peak Forest, Derbyshire, archaeological survey, 2003. Feature 4, p 5.
  • <9> Bibliographic reference: Barnatt, J. 2004. An Inventory of Regionally & Nationally Important Lead Mining Sites in the Peak District. Vol. 2: Corpus of Sites. No. 9, pp 16-19.
  • <10> Photograph: Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA). Slide Collection. 11611.1-2.



Grid reference Centred SK 116 810 (137m by 125m) (Centre)

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Feb 4 2015 9:37AM

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