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Section of linear earthwork 200m north east of Pasture Cottages

A Scheduled Monument in Luttons, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.0978 / 54°5'52"N

Longitude: -0.5109 / 0°30'39"W

OS Eastings: 497478.549206

OS Northings: 467903.267472

OS Grid: SE974679

Mapcode National: GBR SPW1.6T

Mapcode Global: WHGCY.38ZD

Entry Name: Section of linear earthwork 200m north east of Pasture Cottages

Scheduled Date: 16 January 1963

Last Amended: 30 June 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007863

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23830

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Luttons

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Helperthorpe St Peter

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument is a section of linear earthwork on the Yorkshire Wolds. It
is 200m long and up to 25m wide, and includes two parallel ditches each 5m
wide and 0.5m deep between which is an earthwork bank 0.5m high and 5m
wide. Further earthwork banks of similar height and width flank the outside
of the ditches, although in places the southern bank has been levelled.
Together the various elements form a complex 25m wide.
The linear earthwork originally extended further to both the north east and
south west beyond the ends of the scheduling. To the south west the earthwork
is not clearly visible and the extent of surviving remains is not fully
understood. To the north east a section of the earthwork has been destroyed
by quarrying and the excavation of a pond. Further to the north east another
section of the linear earthwork is visible as an upstanding earthwork and is
the subject of a separate scheduling.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Linear boundaries are substantial earthwork features comprising single or
multiple ditches and banks which may extend over distances varying between
less than 1km to over 10km. They survive as earthworks or as linear features
visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs or as a combination of both. The
evidence of excavation and study of associated monuments demonstrate that
their construction spans the millennium from the Middle Bronze Age, although
they may have been re-used later.
The scale of many linear boundaries has been taken to indicate that they were
constructed by large social groups and were used to mark important boundaries
in the landscape; their impressive scale displaying the corporate prestige of
their builders. They would have been powerful symbols, often with religious
associations, used to define and order the territorial holdings of those
groups who constructed them. Linear earthworks are of considerable importance
for the analysis of settlement and land use in the Bronze Age; all well
preserved examples will normally merit statutory protection.

This section of earthwork survives well. Together with other similar
monuments in this part of the Yorkshire Wolds it provides an insight into
prehistoric land division in this area.

Source: Historic England


4204, Humberside SMR,

Source: Historic England

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