You are standing on the path on the way to Arbor Low henge and the barrow at Gib Hill. These features were not all created at once, but over 1,000 years between around 4,500 to 3,500 years ago. Peak District archaeologist John Barnett discusses the sequence of the features in this landscape, and what may have been here before them.
You can find a transcription of this audio further down the page.
Some of the ‘flint work’ referred to by John can been see on display at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery. Many stone tools have been discovered in the area around Arbor Low – evidence that many people came together here at certain times year
The earliest features at the site are actually at Gib Hill, and then the henge monument itself was built, followed by more round barrows added at both parts of the site. I think the area around Arbor Low has been very important to people since well before nay of these monuments were built. Looking at the flint work that you get right across this landscape that people have left since that time, then you can see right from the mesolithic period on the high parts of the limestone plateau, the western parts, the highest bits, where Arbor Low is, people congregated there, probably in large numbers. One of the things that’s important probably with these high areas is, naturually, they had big open clearings, they weren’t naturally forested, and so that was an attraction for people when they were grazing animals in particular in the neolithic