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Monument record MDR8488 - Burial cairn (T7), Stanton Moor

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[SK 2479 6290] : T7. This feature first appears in the archaeological record depicted on a location map of numbered 'tumuli' on Stanton Moor and it is known that some level of excavation was undertaken by the Heathcotes, probably during the period 1930-1934. (1) It is described as a 'typical small barrow', 14' (4.2m) in diameter, an from pits under the cairn 3 cremations were discovered, one from under a covering stone flanked by two small upright ones. From this interment a collared urn and five flints were recovered (2). The height of the cairn is given as 2' (0.6m) by a later source (3). Subsequent field investigation by the OS Archaeology Division in 1962 and 1966 failed to locate this cairn. An assessment of T7 includes it in a category of double kerbed cairns although with the kerbs incomplete around the circumference (5). It is also stated that each of the burial pits was covered with a large stone. On a plan based on Heathcote, T7 is depicted as a mound possessing a twin kerb (6). A different survey (7) describes T7 as being kerbed, whilst another (8) describes T7 as being five sided, flat topped, defined by a kerb formed by two lines of boulders and measuring 5m across. RCHME FIELD DESCRIPTION (9) SK 24802 62941: BURIAL CAIRN The remains of this cairn are visible as a low ring of smallish stones, in a rough ovoid shape, 4.5m by 4.1m. The area enclosed by the ring is composed mostly of small loose stones, and is slightly hollowed in the centre. Circumscribing the mound is an excavation delineation trench, typical of Heathcote excavation techniques. Many of the stones in the defining ring are loose and their small size is not representative of those observed in other retaining kerbs asscosiated with cairns on Stanton Moor, either in situ or relaid. It is likely that the interpretation of a double kerb is highly conjectural, similarly that the cairn being five-sided and flat-topped. The stones covering the interments could not be identified during the survey.

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Article in serial: Heathcote, J. 1936. 'Further Excavations on Stanton Moor' Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Volume 57, pp 21-42. map, p. 40.
  • <2> Monograph: Vine, P M. 1982. The Neolithic and Bronze Age Cultures of the Middle and Upper Trent Basin, British Archaolog. Report. BS 105. p. 105, 229.
  • <3> Bibliographic reference: Thomas, N. 1960. A Guide to Prehistoric England. p. 69-71.
  • <4> Personal Observation: F1 FDC 16-NOV-66. see OS card SK 26 SW 17.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Harris, P. 1975. Bronze Age Settlement of the Stanton Moor Area, North Derbyshire.
  • <6> Bibliographic reference: Hart, C (NDAT). 1981. The North Derbyshire Archaeological Survey to AD 1500. p. 58.
  • <7> Bibliographic reference: Marsden, B. 1986. The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire (revised edition). p. 77.
  • <8> 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.
  • <9> Bibliographic reference: Ainsworth, S (RCHME). 1987. Stanton Moor, Derbyshire, A Catalogue of Archaeological Monuments, Part 2. NAR Nos. SK 26 SW 109 - 160. T7.



Grid reference Centred SK 24802 62942 (1m by 1m) (Surveyed)

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Dec 5 2014 4:41PM

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