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Monument record MDR8505 - Burial cairn (T13), Stanton Moor

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[SK 2443 6293]: T13. Excavations were undertaken between 1930-4 by the Heathcote's. The carin is described as being roughly rectangular, 40' long, 22' wide and 3'6" high. It was highest at its NW end which was formed of larger stones than the remainder of the cairn. A total of 13 interments were discovered in two separate gourpings, including one under a large flat stone, as well as collared urns, flint tools, a segmented bone bead, an incense cup and a clay stud. (1) It has been alleged (2) that T13 represents the remains of a large tumulus depicted on an 18th century plan of Stanton Moor (3), although this seems improbable. Subsequent field investigation by the OS Archaeology Division in 1962 and 1966 describe the cairn as being one of 'a cluster of cairns centred at SK 2441 6292 so completely excavated that nothing remains but circular depressions, partially infilled and surrounded by haphazard heaps of stones'. The site of T13 was depicted on the OS map at SK 2441 6292. (4) A later study describes T13 as a rectangular cairn, excavated and hollowed out, 13m by 6m with a cell at the W end. (5) A further survey indicates T13 is rectangular, with a narrow extension added to the west both defined by crude kerbs; measuring 12.5m by 6.5m overall. (6) SK 24410 62920: BURIAL CAIRN. The present monument measures 13m by 6.5m, with its longest axis on a NW - SE orientation, it is defined by a rubble bank. The enclosing bank averages 0.7m wide and 0.2m high, the majority being loose stone. The present morphology has been largely produced as a result of the excavations by the Heathcote's and their post-excavation reconstruction. This monument could be two conjoined cairns or aggregated monument or a single 'rectangular' cairn. (7)

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  • <1> Article in serial: Heathcote, J. 1936. 'Further Excavations on Stanton Moor' Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Volume 57, pp 21-42. map, p. 40.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Harris, P. 1975. Bronze Age Settlement of the Stanton Moor Area, North Derbyshire. p. 40.
  • <3> Article in serial: Pegge, Rev. S. 1787. 'Observations by the Rev. Mr. Pegge on the Stanton Moor Urns and Druidical Temple', Archaeologia. Volume 8. p. 58-61.
  • <4> Map: OS. 1968. OS National Grid Series 1:2500. Edition of 1968. OS record card SK 26 SW 30.
  • <5> 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.
  • <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. 74-75.
  • <7> Bibliographic reference: Ainsworth, S (RCHME). 1987. Stanton Moor, Derbyshire, A Catalogue of Archaeological Monuments, Part 2. NAR Nos. SK 26 SW 109 - 160. T13.



Grid reference Centred SK 24410 62920 (1m by 1m) (Surveyed)

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Dec 5 2014 4:42PM

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