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Monument record MDR8469 - Burial cairn (T31), Stanton Moor

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[SK 2462 6269]: T31. This feature first appears in the archaeological record depicted on a location map of numbered 'tumuli' on Stanton Moor. (1) Although no excavation report was published for this cairn, it is known that some level of excavation was undertaken by the Heathcotes, probably during the period 1934-1938. (2) Finds of a cremation urn with a pygmy cup are recorded. (3, 4, 5) T31 is one of a cluster of seven cairns. Subsequent field investigation by the OS Archaeology Division in 1962 and 1966 identified site T31. (6) The description of the group as a whole as 'so completely excavated that nothing remains but circular depressions partially infilled and surrounded by haphazard heaps of stones'. Later studies describe the cairn as: an excavated, round cairn, 4m in diameter (7); sub-rectangular, with traces of a kerb, measuring 4m by 3.5m (4); and measuring 18ft (5.4m) diameter and a height of 1.5' (0.45m) (5). SK 24623 62692: BURIAL CAIRN. The monument appears as a low, stony, linear-like mound, measuring 4.5m by 4.3m. It si generally sub-circular in shape, with a perimeter composed of loose, large stones laid on the inner edge of a well-defined excavation delineation trench. The whole of the inner area and the large perimeter retaining stones are loose and unconsolidated. A funerary context for the cairn is indicated by the finds of a cremation urn and a pygmy cup. (8)

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1> Article in serial: Heathcote, J. 1936. 'Further Excavations on Stanton Moor' Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Volume 57, pp 21-42. map, p.40.
  • <2> Article in serial: Heathcote, J. 1938. 'Excavations in Derbyshire during 1938', Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Volume 59, p 83.
  • <3> Monograph: Vine, P M. 1982. The Neolithic and Bronze Age Cultures of the Middle and Upper Trent Basin, British Archaolog. Report. BS 105. p. 233.
  • <4> Article in serial: Barnatt, J. 1986. 'Bronze Age remains on the East Moors of the Peak District', Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Volume 106, pp 18-100. p. 76.
  • <5> Bibliographic reference: Marsden, B. 1986. The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire (revised edition). p. 79.
  • <6> Map: OS. 1968. OS National Grid Series 1:2500. Edition of 1968. OS record card SK 26 SW 26.
  • <7> Article in serial: Hart, C. R.. 1985. 'Stanton Moor, Derbyshire: Burial and Ceremonial Monuments', Upland Settlement in Britain. BAR, British Series 143. pp. 77-110.
  • <8> Bibliographic reference: Ainsworth, S (RCHME). 1987. Stanton Moor, Derbyshire, A Catalogue of Archaeological Monuments, Part 2. NAR Nos. SK 26 SW 109 - 160. T31.



Grid reference Centred SK 24624 62692 (1m by 1m) (Surveyed)

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Dec 5 2014 4:41PM

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