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Round barrow 1350m north west of Beacon Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Newby and Scalby, North Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.281 / 54°16'51"N

Longitude: -0.4673 / 0°28'2"W

OS Eastings: 499884.846614

OS Northings: 488341.193462

OS Grid: SE998883

Mapcode National: GBR TL5Y.M5

Mapcode Global: WHGBZ.SNNH

Entry Name: Round barrow 1350m NW of Beacon Farm

Scheduled Date: 5 August 1933

Last Amended: 18 August 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008499

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21065

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Newby and Scalby

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: East Ayton St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: York

Details

The monument is situated on Seamer Moor and is one of a large group of
prehistoric monuments in this area. The mound of earth and stones has a
flattened profile, survives to a height of 1.5m, and has a diameter of 14m.
Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch, from which material was
excavated during the construction of the monument, surrounds the barrow mound.
This has become infilled over the years, but survives as a buried feature 2m
wide. The barrow is not known to have been excavated.

MAP EXTRACT
The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Bowl barrows, the most numerous form of round barrow, are funerary monuments
dating from the Late Neolithic period to the Late Bronze Age, with most
examples belonging to the period 2400-1500 BC. They were constructed as
earthen or rubble mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered single or multiple
burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as cemeteries and often
acted as a focus for burials in later periods. Often superficially similar,
although differing widely in size, they exhibit regional variations in form
and a diversity of burial practices. There are over 10,000 surviving bowl
barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring
across most of lowland Britain. Often occupying prominent locations, they are
a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable
variation of form and longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisations amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of
protection.

This barrow survives in reasonable condition and has not been significantly
disturbed. It will contain evidence of the manner and duration of the use of
the barrow and the environment in which it was built.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
03711, North Yorkshire SMR (03711), (1990)

Source: Historic England

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