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Monument record MDR8498 - Cairn (T53), Stanton Moor

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  • (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

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[SK 2478 6300]: T53. 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. (2) Subsequent field investigation by the OS Archaeology Division in 1966 described this cairn as having 'no intelligbile remains'. (3) In a later study a feature at the position indicated for T53 is recoded as being an excavation round cairn, 4m in diameter. (4) Later studies give measurements of 4.5m diameter and 0.45m high (5); and as being a flat-topped, sub-rectangular cairn (6). SK 24790 63018: CAIRN. The cairn appears as a sub-rectangular mound measuring 4.4m by 3.8m with a height of 0.4m. It is straight-sided at the S with a rectangular shallow hole near the centre. Circumscribing the mound is a Heathcote excavation delineation trench. Around the N and W of the cairn, the excavation trench cuts through the ballast bank of an early 20th c. animal drawn light railway. There is no clear evidence of a revetment kerb around the perimeter The original context and function of such a modified feature is difficult, and the present shape and size are probably not representative of the original form. (7)

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <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> Personal Observation: F1 FDC 16-NOV-66. OS Record Card SK 26 SW 37.
  • <4> Article in serial: Hart, C. R.. 1985. 'Stanton Moor, Derbyshire: Burial and Ceremonial Monuments', Upland Settlement in Britain. BAR, British Series 143. p. 77-110.
  • <5> Bibliographic reference: Marsden, B. 1986. The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire (revised edition). p.80.
  • <6> 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.
  • <7> Bibliographic reference: Ainsworth, S (RCHME). 1987. Stanton Moor, Derbyshire, A Catalogue of Archaeological Monuments, Part 2. NAR Nos. SK 26 SW 109 - 160. T53.



Grid reference Centred SK 24790 63018 (1m by 1m) (Surveyed)

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Dec 5 2014 4:42PM

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