This landscape is dotted with burial mounds known as ‘barrows’. There is a large barrow built into the henge bank at Arbor Low, and another prominent barrow nearby to the south-east called Gib Hill. Scan the hilltops nearby and you will probably spot more distinctive ‘bumps’ on the horizon.
Many of these mounds were excavated in the 1800s by antiquarian Thomas Bateman, who dug hundreds of Peak District barrows.
Archaeologist John Barnett explains why Bateman excavated so many sites, and how his methods compare to today’s archaeologists:
You can read an audio transcription below.