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<b>Derbyshire</b>Posted by thesweetcheatImage © A. Brookes (16.9.2011)
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Aleck Low Round Barrow(s)
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The Andle Stone Natural Rock Feature
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3 sites
Arbor Low & Gib Hill
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Ashover Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
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Ash Tree Cave Cave / Rock Shelter
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Aston Cursus Cursus
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1 site
Ball Cross Hillfort
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5 sites
Bamford Moor
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Bank Top Oval Barrow
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Barbrook IV Ring Cairn
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Basset Wood Round Barrow(s)
15 sites
Beeley Moor
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Bee Low Round Cairn
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Benty Grange Round Barrow(s)
9 sites
Big Moor
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3 sites
Birchen Edge
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Blackstones Low Round Barrow(s)
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Blake Low Round Barrow(s)
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Boars Low Round Barrow(s)
Bole Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Bonsall Lane Cave / Rock Shelter
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Bostern Grange Cairn(s)
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Bradbourne Standing Stone / Menhir
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Brood Low Round Barrow(s)
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Brown Edge Stone Circle
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1 site
Bull Ring Henge
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Bumper Castle Ring Cairn
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Bunkers Hill Plantation Cave / Rock Shelter
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Burr Tor Hillfort
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Burton Moor Round Barrow(s)
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Cadborough Hill Hillfort
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Cales Dale Upper Cave / Rock Shelter
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Cales Farm SW Round Barrow(s) (Destroyed)
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Calling Low Dale Cave / Rock Shelter
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Carder Low Cairn(s)
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Carsington Pasture's Cave Cave / Rock Shelter
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Castlegate Lane Round Barrow(s)
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Castle Hill (Castleton) Sacred Hill
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Castle Naze Hillfort
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Chatsworth Park Round Barrow(s)
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Chee Tor Stone Circle
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Chelmorton Low Round Barrow(s)
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Chisworth Cup Marked Stone
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Conksbury Cairn Circle Cairn circle
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Cop Low
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Cown Edge Round Cairn
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Cow Low Round Barrow(s)
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Cow Low Round Barrow(s)
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Crackendale Pasture Round Barrow(s)
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Crake Low
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Cranes Fort Hillfort
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Creswell Crags Cave / Rock Shelter
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Cronkston Low Round Barrow(s)
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Crook Hill Stone Circle
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1 site
Cross Low Cairn(s)
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Crow Chin Cairn(s)
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Cuckoo Stone
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Dalebrook Cairn(s)
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Darley Dale Ancient Trackway
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Dennis Knoll & Sheepwash Bank Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Dobb Edge Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
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1 site
Doll Tor Stone Circle
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Dowel Cave Cave / Rock Shelter
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Eagle Stone Natural Rock Feature
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Eaton Dale Wood Standing Stone / Menhir
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Eldon Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Eldon Hill Enclosure Enclosure
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Elton Common
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End Low Round Barrow(s)
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Etches Cave Cave / Rock Shelter
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8 sites
Eyam Moor
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Fairfield Low Round Barrow(s)
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1 site
Fallinge Edge Cairn(s)
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Farley Moor Standing Stone / Menhir
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Faybrick Natural Rock Feature
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Findern-Willington Cursus (Destroyed)
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1 site
Fin Cop Hillfort
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Five Wells Chambered Tomb
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Foxlowe Edge Standing Stone / Menhir
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Fox Hole Cave Cave / Rock Shelter
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Fox Low Round Barrow(s)
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Frank I' Th' Rocks Cave / Rock Shelter
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Friden Hollow Round Barrow(s)
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Galley Low Round Barrow(s)
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Gallows Knoll
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Gallows Low Lane Round Barrow(s)
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7 sites
Gardom's Edge
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Gardoms' Edge III (rock art) Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
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Gautries Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Gibbet Alignment Stone Row / Alignment
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Gibbet Moor and East Moor Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Gibbet Moor cist Cist
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Gibbet Moor North Stone Circle
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Gibbet Moor South Enclosure
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Gibbet Moor Standing Stones Standing Stone / Menhir
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Gibbet Moor West Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Gibbet Moor West Ring Cairn
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Gorsey Low Round Barrow(s)
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Gospel Hillocks Long Barrow
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Gotham Grange Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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2 sites
Gratton Moor
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Great Low Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Green Low Ring Cairn
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1 site
Green Low Burial Chamber
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Green Low Field Tumulus Cairn(s)
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Grind Low Round Barrow(s)
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Grin Low Round Barrow(s)
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Haddon Fields North Round Barrow(s)
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Haddon Fields South Round Barrow(s)
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Handley Bottom Cup Marked Stone
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Harboro' Rocks Rocky Outcrop
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Harewood Moor Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Harley Grange Cairn(s)
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Harpur Hill Cairn Cairn(s)
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Harrod Low Long Barrow
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Hatch-a-way Cairn(s)
Hawks Low Round Barrow(s)
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Hay Dale Round Barrow(s)
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Hay Top Round Barrow(s)
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Hind Low (Site of) Round Cairn
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Hitter Hill Cairn(s)
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Hob Hurst's House Burial Chamber
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Hognaston Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Hollins Hill Round Barrow(s)
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The Holmes Enclosure
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1 site
Holymoorside Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
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Hoon Mount Round Barrow(s)
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Ivet Low Round Barrow(s)
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Kenslow Knoll Round Barrow(s)
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Kiln Knoll Round Barrow(s)
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Kinderlow Cairn(s)
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Ladder Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Ladybower Tor Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
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Lady Low Round Barrow(s)
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Langwith Basset Cave Cave / Rock Shelter
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Larks Low Round Barrow(s)
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Lawrence Field Stone Circle
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Lean Low Round Barrow(s)
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Liffs Low Round Cairn
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Lindup Low Round Barrow(s)
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Lismore Fields Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Longshaw Estate Round Barrow(s)
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Longside Moor Round Barrow(s)
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Long Dale Round Barrow(s)
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Long Gallery Plantation Round Barrow(s)
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Lord's Seat Round Barrow(s)
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Lose Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Ludworth Intakes Cairn(s)
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Mag Low Round Barrow(s)
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3 sites
Mam Tor Sacred Hill
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Margery Bower Round Barrow(s)
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Markland Grips Hillfort
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Masson Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Mellor Hilltop Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Middleton Moor Platform Cairn
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1 site
Minninglow Burial Chamber
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Moat Low Round Barrow(s)
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Moneystone Barrows Round Barrow(s)
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Moot Low Round Barrow(s)
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Nettly Knowe Cairn(s)
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New Inns Round Barrow(s)
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Offerton Moor East Cairn(s)
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Offerton Moor West Stone Circle
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Old Woman's House Cave / Rock Shelter
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1 site
One Ash Round Barrow(s)
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One Ash Shelter Cave / Rock Shelter
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1 site
Osmaston Fields Round Barrow(s)
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Ows Low Round Barrow(s)
Ox Low Round Barrow(s)
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Parsley Hay Round Cairn
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Perryfoot Long Barrow
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Peter's Stone Natural Rock Feature
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Pike Low Cairn(s)
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Pilsbury Cairn(s)
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Pin Dale Enclosure
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Putwell Hill Round Cairn
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Rainster Rocks Natural Rock Feature
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Rains Cave Cave / Rock Shelter
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Ravencliffe Cave Cave / Rock Shelter
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1 site
Raven Tor Triple Cairn Cairn(s)
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Ringham Low Round Barrow(s)
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Ringham Low (Friden) Round Barrow(s)
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Rockhurst Long Barrow
Rod Knoll Cairn(s)
3 posts
Rolley Low Round Barrow(s)
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Round Low Round Barrow(s)
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1 site
Rowtor Rocks Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
5 sites
Roystone Valley
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Seven Brideron (site) Stone Circle
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Seven Stones of Hordron Edge Stone Circle
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Shardlow
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Sharp Low Round Barrow(s)
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1 site
Slipper Low Cairn(s)
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3 sites
Smelting Hill & Abney Moor Stone Circle
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Smerrill Moor Round Barrow(s)
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Staden Enclosure
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11 sites
Stanton Moor
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Stan Low (site) Round Barrow(s)
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Stoke Flat Stone Circle
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Stoney Low Chambered Cairn
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Stone Low Round Barrow(s)
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The Stoup Standing Stone / Menhir
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Stoup High Edge Cairn(s)
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Stump Cross Field Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Swarkestone Lows Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Thirst House Cave / Rock Shelter
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Tideslow Chambered Cairn
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Tinker's Inn Round Barrow(s)
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The Tong Long Barrow
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Tup Low Round Barrow(s)
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Turning Stone and Robin Hoods Mark Rocking Stone
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Twyford Henge (site of) and Round Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Upper edge Cairn(s)
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Vincent Knoll Round Barrow(s)
Waggon Low Round Barrow(s)
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Wardlow Hay Cop Round Barrow(s)
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Whaley Bridge Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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White Cliff Round Barrow(s)
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White Edge Cairn Cairn(s)
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White Rake Long Barrow Long Barrow
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Wigber Low Cairn(s)
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Windy Knoll Cave / Rock Shelter
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Wind Low Round Barrow(s)
3 sites
Wirksworth Standing Stone / Menhir
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Wishing Stone Natural Rock Feature
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Wolfscote Hill Round Cairn
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Woodend Farm Round Barrow(s)
Sites of disputed antiquity:
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Brand End Standing Stones
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Horse Clough Chambered Tomb (Destroyed)
7 posts
Pike Low Standing Stone / Menhir
3 posts
Pillsbury Hills Castle Standing Stone / Menhir
21 posts
Roosdyche Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork

News

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Dovedale Roman and Iron Age coins to go on show at Buxton Museum

A hoard of 2,000-year-old coins found in a cave in the Peak District have gone on public display.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-29754949
scubi63 Posted by scubi63
25th October 2014ce

Stone Circle sundial at Chatsworth


Old news (2010) but as there can't be many sundials or sculptures that namecheck stone circles, worth noting.

A NEW sundial sculpture showing the distance to 42 stone circles and earthworks in Derbyshire has been unveiled at Chatsworth in time for this year's summer solstice... continues...
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
21st September 2011ce

Curzon Lodge


Archaeologists have made the stunning discovery of a 5,500-year-old Stone Age village, home to Derbyshire's first farmers and potters. Ben Johnson and his team made the ancient find during a painstaking dig in Peak District fields, near Wirksworth.

continues...
stubob Posted by stubob
13th January 2011ce

Rare Amber Necklace Found


From an article published on the BBC News web site on 1st December 2008:
A rare amber necklace believed to be about 4,000 years old has been uncovered in Greater Manchester.

Archaeologists made the find while excavating a cist - a type of stone-lined grave - in Mellor, Stockport... continues...
Kammer Posted by Kammer
1st December 2008ce

Peak Landscape Tour with Helen Caffrey 15th July


From the recently released Manchester Uni Continuing Ed. guide:

With Helen Caffrey - A walk by the Limestone Way to investigate the cluster of Bronze Age, Iron Age, and later sites in the Peak landscape. We shall see:
Nine Stones Close
Iron Age enclosed settlements
The Hermitage

Fee £25... continues...
Posted by whipangel
18th March 2007ce
Edited 18th March 2007ce

Mellor Flint Dagger On Display 4/5th September


A perfectly-preserved 4,000-year-old flint dagger unearthed at the dig in Mellor, Stockport, is being hailed as one of the most significant finds of its type in the region... continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
31st August 2004ce
Edited 31st August 2004ce

Roman and Stoneage Artefacts Found Near Pub


Archaeologists have unearthed evidence of a Roman fort and a Stone Age settlement near a pub in Chesterfield.
Experts were called in when developers discovered the artefacts on land underneath the Old Feather's Pub on Lordsmill Street.

Some of the pottery dates back to the 1st Century AD... continues...
Posted by BrigantesNation
16th July 2004ce
Edited 28th July 2006ce

Bronze Age cremation site unearthed in Derby


The remains of people who lived in Derby (England) 3,500 years ago have been found on the site of a derelict hotel in Littleover. Archaeologists say the Bronze Age cremation site, containing burial urns dating back to 1500 BCE, is the oldest historical exhibit found intact in Derby... continues...
Posted by BrigantesNation
25th February 2004ce
Edited 21st March 2006ce

Quarries Threaten Ancient English Monuments


Revised proposals have been submitted to the Peak District National Park Authority for the reopening of the controversial quarries at Stanton Lees near Matlock (England). Stancliffe Stone Ltd is seeking to commence work at the quarries, which have been dormant for several decades... continues...
Kozmik_Ken Posted by Kozmik_Ken
2nd January 2004ce
Edited 2nd January 2004ce

Log Boat Unearthed


A second prehistoric log boat has been unearthed in a Derbyshire quarry less than a mile from where a similar find was discovered five years ago.

Archaeologists found the 3,500-year-old log boat, which dates back to the Bronze Age, at Shardlow Quarry, Shardlow, in an area that used to be river channel into the Trent... continues...
Jane Posted by Jane
24th November 2003ce
Edited 24th November 2003ce

Prehistoric skull unearthed in England


A Quarry worker could have discovered proof of prehistoric life close to the River Trent (England). Part of a skull was found at a working gravel pit off Pasture Lane, Long Eaton, by a worker from RMC Aggregates (Eastern). Initial tests date it back to the prehistoric age... continues...
Kozmik_Ken Posted by Kozmik_Ken
29th September 2003ce
Edited 28th July 2006ce

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Fieldnotes

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SK194633 - Bateman's Tomb

Not really an antiquity as such, but Thomas Bateman dug over 200 barrows in the Peak District, sometimes up to 6 a day. He wrote two books on his works, 'Vestiges of the Antiquities of Debyshire' in 1848, followed in 1861 with 'Ten Years Digging....'.

Some of his finds are displayed in the Sheffield and Buxton museums.

Inside the chapel the tomb lays behind, there used to be a carved marble memorial to Thomas Bateman....it is Now in Sheffield Museum. A strange thing to do with the grave and chapel still there.....I can imagine Batemans wry grin at the thought of it..
stubob Posted by stubob
18th October 2002ce
Edited 25th November 2007ce

Miscellaneous

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The Peak District is named not after the hills but after the tribe "Pecsaetans" who lived in the area, the name roughly means 'Hill dwellers'. stubob Posted by stubob
7th May 2003ce

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Peak District Prehistory


This is a new facebook group purely to discuss Peak District Prehistory. Its to show off sites we've been to, help for sites we can't find and to organise meet ups! If you live nearby or regularly visit the region, feel free to join...
juamei Posted by juamei
27th November 2013ce

Vestiges of an Antiquarian: The Thomas Bateman Archive


The aim of this project is analyze the Bateman archive of manuscripts, correspondence, and drawings and to look at the archaeological objects from his collection largely located at Sheffield's Weston Park Museum.
stubob Posted by stubob
18th February 2013ce

Google Books


Thomas Bateman's
"Ten Years' Digging in the Celtic and Saxon Grave Hills, in the counties of Derby, Stafford and York. From 1848 to1858..."
stubob Posted by stubob
11th February 2008ce

Internet Archive


Catalogue of the Bateman collection of antiquities in the Sheffield public museum.

Prepared by E. Howarth.
Published by order of the Committee.
1899
stubob Posted by stubob
9th December 2007ce

Google Books


'Vestiges of the Antiquities of Derbyshire, and the Sepulchral Usages of Its Inhabitants..' by Thomas Bateman and Stephen Glover (1848).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
31st July 2007ce

I dig Sheffield


Information on excavations and sites in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire.
Lots photo's, watercolours and info on Peak District sites. Good sections on Arbor Low and Gib Hill, Stanton Moor and various barrows.
stubob Posted by stubob
28th April 2003ce

Debyshire Archaeological Society


Details about the Derbyshire Archaeological Society, founded in 1878, with events, publications, and membership details.
Posted by Serenissima
9th September 2002ce

Prehistory in the Peak


(Amazon link). This book really opened up the Peaks for me. Just the index, which covers over 100 sites, is enough. The photography is wonderful, and the text enlightening and atmospheric.
Holy McGrail Posted by Holy McGrail
2nd January 2002ce
Edited 9th June 2016ce

Rock Around the Peak


(Amazon link). Easily digestible and straight-forward guide to "the most notable" prehistoric sites in the Peak District.
Holy McGrail Posted by Holy McGrail
2nd January 2002ce

Trent & Peak Archaeological Unit


Posted by RiotGibbon
5th September 2001ce

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Gardom's Ring Cairn — Fieldnotes

The path makes its descent, cutting through a cairnfield of pretty large, irregularly shaped cairns. The Gardom’s Edge ring cairn is completely hidden by bracken, but can be spotted by the forked silver birch that grows from its embanked edge. Once found, the course can be followed round easily enough, but really this is a place for a winter visit if you want to see it properly. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
1st December 2016ce

The Three Men of Gardoms (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

We follow the arc of Meg’s Walls south, before leaving the wood to emerge at the Three Men cairn. The three stone piles are clearly modern, but they sit on a much larger footprint. The views from here are great, looking down on Baslow as the sun sinks further. It’s starting to get colder and it won’t be long now until dark, so we press on without lingering. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
1st December 2016ce

Gardom's Edge (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Fieldnotes

Next up, we encounter the stonework of Meg’s Walls. Half-buried in the undergrowth, too large to take in easily, this is a fascinating survivor enhanced by a lovely woodland setting. But we’re really here for rock art. After a bit of rooting about in the undergrowth, we find it on the edge of the woods, looking towards the steep western face of Birchen Edge. The light is now too low to illuminate the panel, but casts a soft orange glow across the moor ahead of us.

Despite knowing that it’s a replica, the panel itself is still very impressive. I love the variety of patterns, whatever it represents – or doesn’t. Water has collected in the deepest cup, reflecting the slender trees and blue sky above, an ever open, all-seeing eye on the world.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
1st December 2016ce

Gardoms Standing Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

The main reason for coming here is the rock art panel, so memorably filled with pink flowers by Postman a few years ago. But first, I’m hoping to find the standing stone, something of a rarity in this area. We walk through the woods, trying to stay away from the treeless edge, as I know the stone won’t be found there. It turns out to be further south than I’d realised, another site that the Ordnance Survey map doesn’t show. Eventually it makes itself known, as we get towards the higher part of the wood. The light has gone strange now, the low sun filtered around the edges of a bank of cloud giving an ethereal glow to the woods and the stone.

The stone is a good one, a little taller than I imagined and different from each angle and direction. Like many of the best standing stones, it gives off a feeling of sentience. Even though I know this is just projection on my part, it’s hard to shake once felt. There’s no malignance, or beneficence, just a presence. I often find woodland sites hard to leave, and the stone definitely exerts a pull. As we leave I’m compelled to look back, Orpheus to Eurydice.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
1st December 2016ce

Barbrook I (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

The third of today’s stone circles, and very different again from the other two. This is yer classic Peaks embanked circle, compact and neat. Unlike, say, Nine Ladies, the stones are quite varied in size, although with no particularly obvious grading towards a compass point. The top of one of the stones has cupmarks, something I was completely unaware of, but which recalls the stone at Stanage we visited yesterday.

When we first got into stone circles, I read that the Barbrook sites and Big Moor were closed for environmental reasons – this was in the days before the Countryside and Rights of Way Act opened up swathes of access land, and before the internet might have told me different – so we never came here on our earlier Peaks holidays. As I’ve felt throughout these last three days, the long wait has both sharpened and sweetened the experience of finally coming to these sites. They compare with the best.

The proximity of the track perhaps keeps this from quite reaching the heights of Barbrook II as a place to find solitude, but in truth no one passes our way in the time we’re here. We will definitely be back here.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
1st December 2016ce

Barbrook cairns (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Fieldnotes

The cairn cemetery lying between Barbrook II and Barbrook I proves well worth a stop off. A widely varied group, mostly dug into in the mid-19th century, many have excellent kerbs. The star of the show is the rebuilt cairn closest to Barbrook I, a bit of a classic of drystone edging about four courses high. One of the stones in the surround shows an interesting weathered pattern that is probably natural, but just possibly could be the very eroded trace of cupmarks.

From here we drop slightly to Barbrook I.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
1st December 2016ce

Barbrook II (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

Barbrook II is a bit of an enigma. A circle of free-standing stones, enclosed within a thick drystone wall that stands only slightly lower than the tops of the stones. I’m instantly in love with this place. We’ve never been before, another omission long awaiting correction. The circle feels utterly secluded, the wall and stones are low enough to escape attention from anyone but a deliberate visitor, especially as the Ordnance Survey map perplexingly shows no sign of the circle or nearby cairns at all, other than a misleading “field system” label.

This is somewhere to spend time, to watch the clouds and the changing light over the moor. We sit here for a while, no-one comes, nothing intrudes. There are lots of details, the burial cairn inside the circle, the large stone propped against the outside of the drystone wall, there’s also a cupmarked stone in the central cist but I don’t even notice it. The next time I come – and I really hope that isn’t too long away – I’ll pay more attention to these little elements, but today I’m so overwhelmed by the whole that I couldn’t really care less. Perfect.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
1st December 2016ce

Barbrook III (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

The first site of the day, Barbrook III will be the most difficult to find, rendered so by small stones and tall grasses. Leaving the embanked edge of the reservoir behind, we follow a faint path NNE, hoping that the stones will show themselves. Arriving at a darker ring of bracken, obvious amongst the pale oranges of reedy grass, I concede that we’ve gone too far this time, so we head slightly downhill and back on ourselves. Soon after the first stone appears, barely peaking its head above the vegetation. Then another, and another, and another. This is a laugh out loud circle, so easy to miss yet huge in size, if not stones, once discovered.

It’s a bit squelchy, the stones are half-hidden, their spacing makes it hard to photograph more than a couple at a time, but it’s truly wonderful. The relative flatness of the moor makes the surroundings somewhat undramatic, but instead there is a sense of secrecy that has a charm all of its own. The play of light on the rising ground to the west, the gnarly lichen on one of the stones, the patterns of erosion and wear on the upper surfaces of others, all combine into a near perfect experience. We can see cars on the road, walkers in the distance, but it seems almost unthinkable that any of them might ever come here. Hidden in plain sight, a gem all the more precious for its coyness.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
1st December 2016ce

Eyam Moor Barrow (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

The barrow is a mess, the shape all but gone, straggling and ragged at the edges. But there’s still a lot of stone here, indicating that the upheaval wasn’t about robbing for walls. And the setting is perfect, better than the circle itself as it’s that bit closer to the northern lip of the moor. The countryside drops to a patchwork of green fields in the Derwent valley, with Hathersage the obvious settlement below. Beyond and above, the hills rise again towards the high uplands above Edale, the moors of South Yorkshire and the edges around Higger Tor.

Our rainbow makes its last appearance of the day, a welcome splash of colour against the grey. I should have come here years ago, but it’s still a sweet pleasure to come now.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
27th November 2016ce

Wet Withens (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

As the sun starts to come out, it picks out a light grey amongst the browns and reds, revealing the presence of the mutilated cairn next to Wet Withins. With that fixed, the eye then finds the darkly curving bank of the stone circle itself, with one larger stone standing out at its edge.

Wet Withens is another Peaks site that has lived in my mind and on my imaginary list for a long time. A feature in Burl’s guide, apart from the one swiftly abandoned attempt so long ago it’s eluded me up until now.

Rather like Gibbet Moor yesterday, some of the joy of coming here is undoubtedly borne from relief and satisfaction at actually getting here. But as well as that, it’s a terrific site. Bigger than I expected, the clearly defined bank and neatly placed stones make it a wonderful example of the ubiquitous Peak District embanked stone circle. Add to that the colours of the moor, freshly scrubbed from the recent soaking and illuminated by the sun against the dark backdrop of billowing clouds, and we’ve got a bit of a classic going on.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
27th November 2016ce
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