Gratton Moor lies between Minninglow and Arbor Low above the dry valleys of Long and Gratton Dale.
What first drew me to this place was its position in relation to the Neolithic monuments around here and a ploughed field and mole hills on the eastern side of the moor. I wasn't here to see the two Bronze Age barrows... I was here for flint. And when I got to the fields that's what I got...there were waste flakes of chert and flint along with scrapers, blades and the odd arrowhead lying on the surface.
Checking the NMR and SMR I found that the moor had been walked years before by a local bloke from Elton, who had filled boxes with his finds, and that a number of Neolithic occupation sites were noted on the moor at SK199599, SK202603 and SK191605
Thomas Bateman excavated here twice in 1843 and 1849. Heading for his usual central mound position he found a crouched inhumation. And then six years later he located another crouched burial on the south side of the barrow accompanied by a bronze axe, flint and some kind of pottery vessel.