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Monument record MDR4085 - Possible barrow, Blake Low (Beacon Rod), Great Longstone

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Dimensions: Diameter is 13m. Height is 1.5m. Barrow in Beacon Rod Plantation excavated in 1848 by T. Bateman. The mound overlay a rock-grave containing crouched female and child skeletons, an N2 beaker and an antler tine. A "rude cist" close by contained six badly disturbed skeletons with four flint implements and a "decorated" sherd. (6). Suggested by the OS to be a natural outcrop. (7). A bronze palstave was recovered from a tumulus after ploughing in 1846. Now in Sheffield city Museum. (8) This oval barrow type mound is entirely natural as indicated by two small robber pits, one exposing bedrock at the summit. This is at odds with the description given by Bateman and the excavations in question probably took place at SMR 6417 (or elsewhere in the vicinity at a site which is now lost. (10)

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Bibliographic reference: Howarth, E. 1899. Catalogue of the Bateman Collection of Antiquities in the Sheffield Public Museum. p83.
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: Abercromby, J. 1912. Bronze Age Pottery of the British Isles Volume 1. Volume 1. p28.
  • <3> Article in serial: Fowler, M. 1955. 'The Transition from the late Neolithic to the Early Bronze Age', Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Volume 75, pp 77-112.
  • <4> Article in serial: Manby, T. 1957. 'Food vessels of the Peak District', Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Volume 77, pp 1-29.
  • <5> Bibliographic reference: Clarke, D L. 1970. Beaker Pottery of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • <6> Bibliographic reference: Marsden, B. 1977. The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire. p39.
  • <8> Index: NDAT. 1004. 1004.
  • <9> Index: North Derbyshire Archaeological Committee (NDAC). North Derbyshire Archaeological Committee Index. 1977: 1004.
  • <10> Unpublished document: Barnatt, J. 1989. The Peak District Barrow Survey (updated 1994). Site 4:H.



Grid reference Centred SK 2234 7334 (16m by 16m) (Approximate)

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Jun 15 2015 2:18PM

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