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Guided Tour of Big Moor

On Saturday 18th June 2016, several members of The Society and their guests enjoyed a guided tour of Big Moor, Derbyshire. The moor has many prehistoric features as well as some more recent ones, such as 18th Century marker stones damaged when used as targets by soldiers training for World War II. We were guided by Dr. John Barnatt, senior archaeologist with the Peak National Park Authority. John has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Peak District archaeology and has written many books and papers on the subject. In 2006, he was presented with the Silver Trowel Award, archaeology's top award, by the late Professor Mick Aston.

 

See below some pictures of our visit. Click on any one for a larger view.

 

Earthen bank Cist
John explains how earthen banks may have been caused by wind-blown soil being caught in field-boundary hedges A Cist
Marker stone Barbrook I
One of the 18C marker stones used as a target by soldiers training for WWII John tells us about the splendid stone circle known as Barbrook  I
Reconstructed cairn Barbrook II
This cairn has been reconstructed since it was damaged by Victorian antiquarians. Cremation burials were found in 1960's excavations - more info This is the ringcairn known as Barbrook II, which John and helpers restored following unauthorised "reconstruction" in the late 1980's. Read more here.

Thanks again to John Barnatt for the excellent guided tour. And thanks to the Derbyshire Heritage website for background information - which I am sure John told us but which I could not remember, he told us so much!



Stoke-on-Trent Museum Archaeological Society, 21st June 2016