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Monument record MDR3620 - Bunker's Hill Cave, Bunker's Hill Wood, Beeley

Type and Period (1)

  • (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

[SK 2847 6901] (a) Rock shelter in Bunker's Hill Wood, Beeley Moor. Discovered by a forester in October, 1958. Three sherds of overhanging rim urns from here are in Sheffield City Museum. (1) A simple 'rock hole' under a natural overhang; 8.0m. deep with 2.0m. maximum headroom; there are obvious signs of excavation. Located at SK 28446903, and surveyed at 1/2500. (2) In 1957 Mr C Gregory excavated the entrance to this cave, finding a spread of sherds of Middle Bronze Age pottery in the upper of two charcoal layers. Mr J E Bartlett, then of Sheffield City Museum, helped to extend the excavation into the cave to a distance of 14ft. In 1966 it was decided to excavate the cave fully. Further charcoal was found, as was a virtually complete Middle Bronze Age urn with a shallow overhanging rim and elaborate cord-impressed decoration. Pieces of two further urns were recovered. No flints, worked stone or animal bones were found to suggest a long period of occupation, and no cremated bones were found to suggest a burial site. The spread of pottery was considered to be domestic rather than funerary, and the site probably represents a temporary dwelling site of the Middle Bronze Age. (3) Photographic record. (6)

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1a> Unpublished document:
  • <1> Bibliographic reference:
  • <2> Personal Observation: F1 FRH 13-JUN-66.
  • <3> Article in serial: Radley, J & Cooper, L. 1966. 'An occupied cave of the Bronze Age, Bunker's Hill Wood, Beeley', Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Volume 86, pp 93-98.
  • <4> Article in serial: E. Mid. Arch. Bull. 1958.
  • <5> Index: NDAT. 0321. 0321.
  • <6> Photograph: Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA). Slide Collection. 1412.1-3.



Grid reference Centred SK 2844 6903 (10m by 10m) (Centre)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (3)

  • EDR375
  • EDR1063
  • EDR1801

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Record last edited

Sep 1 2016 10:17AM

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