Record Details

NHER Number:7500
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of a Bronze Age barrow on Buxton Heath


A Bronze Age round barrow on this site was excavated in 1798 by Rev. H. Crowe. He discovered a Bronze Age pottery vessel placed over a small pile of burnt human bone. He also recorded the presence of parts of a Bronze Age copper alloy razor inside a pot, other Bronze Age pots, charred wood and bones. A Roman ring in the Norwich Castle Museum is recorded as coming from a barrow on Buxton Heath. This may be a mistake or the ring may have been buried in the barrow in the Roman period. The barrow could not be seen in a ploughed field in the 1970s.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 1821 2273
Map Sheet:TG12SE

Full description

Barrow. South of 50 Acre Plantation, east of Wood Farm.
Marked on (S1), and as Dead Man's Grave on old estate maps.

Opened by Rev. H. Crowe.
Inverted urn covered small heap of charred bones; near them a few more bones all 2.7 to 3m (9 to 10 feet) from surface. Also three small urns and ten or twelve others, inverted and much charred wood and bones. One of vessels called rude lamp incense cup. NCM has fragments of Roman signet ring found in 'Roman urn' in a barrow on Buxton Common in 1798 according to old label. Probably a mistake - or Roman secondary in Bronze Age barrow? Also three fragments of ?class I or II bronze razor found in urn in this barrow.
R.R. Clarke (NCM).

No sign in ploughed field.
A.J. Lawson (NAU), 6 February 1975.

Original drawings by Crowe in (S2). (S3) records the barrows as on Buxton Common. Pottery illustrated in (S4). The ring is described in (S5).
E. Rose (NAU), 25 February 1986.

September 2006. Vertical Aerial Photograph.
2 round barrows can be seen on Google Earth imagery.
See (S6) for further details.
D. Lefeuvre (HES), 7 February 2011.

Monument Types

  • CREMATION (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • ROUND BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • ROUND BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

  • HUMAN REMAINS (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • POT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • RAZOR (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • FINGER RING (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: 1901. The Victoria History of Norfolk. The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Vol 1. p 275.
---Article in Serial: Clarke, W. G. 1913. Norfolk Barrows. The Antiquary. Vol XLIX pp 416-423. p 419.
---Article in Serial: [unknown]. Arch.. Vol XLIII, p 365. p 365.
---Publication: Brongniart, A.. 1854. Thraite des Arts Ceramiques. 2nd ed. i p.486.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 12 SE 13 [2].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Lawson, A. J., Martin, E., Priddy, D. and Taylor, A. 1981. The Barrows of East Anglia. East Anglian Archaeology. No 12.
---Publication: Longworth, I. H. 1984. Collared Urns: Of the Bronze Age in Great Britain and Ireland. Nos 933, 934.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Hevingham.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Roman. Hevingham.
<S1>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1838. First edition one inch map.
<S2>Publication: Society of Antiquaries of London.. Primeval Antiquities File. p 75.
<S3>Serial: 1798. Arch.. VolXIII. vol.XIII p.404 pl.xxvi fi. p 404; Pl xxvi fi.
<S4>Documentary Source: Various. Drawings, engravings and etchings, including numerous portraits, maps, etc, collected by Dawson Turner to illustrate Blomefield's "History of Norfolk" 1810-1847. Add MS 23024-23052. Vol III; f.218 (Add MS 23026).
<S5>Monograph: Henig. British Archaeological Report 2nd ed.. British Archaeological Report. Vol 8, No 780.
<S6>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Google Earth. ? - present. Google Earth Orthophotographs. 10-SEP-2006 Accessed 07-FEB-2011.

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