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|Description ||Gib Hill Long Barrow and Round Barrow, Arbor Low, Derbyshire GR: SK158634
As Arbor Low has been described as ‘The Stonehenge of the North’, so Gib Hill has been called ‘A miniature Silbury Hill’. It appears at first glance to be a fine example of a Bronze Age round barrow, however, archaeological evidence reveals that it is actually two barrows with a Bronze Age round barrow superimposed on top of an earlier Neolithic long barrow. This long barrow was probably the original ritual focus in the area several hundred years before the henge monument of Arbor Low was created.
Gib Hill was excavated by Thomas Bateman in 1848. He removed the main limestone burial cist that contained a food vessel and cremation. It had reputedly fallen through the roof of his tunnel while he was digging, and was relocated into his own garden at Lomberdale Hall! Thankfully it was returned in 1938 and is still visible today resembling a capstone on the top of the mound. (picture of the capstone now replaced)
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