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Round barrow 350m north east of Warren Wood

A Scheduled Monument in Kepwick, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.3237 / 54°19'25"N

Longitude: -1.2583 / 1°15'29"W

OS Eastings: 448337.484896

OS Northings: 492264.285085

OS Grid: SE483922

Mapcode National: GBR MLNF.CV

Mapcode Global: WHD84.NL08

Entry Name: Round barrow 350m NE of Warren Wood

Scheduled Date: 18 April 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008569

English Heritage Legacy ID: 24456

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Kepwick

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire


The monument includes a round barrow situated on a level shoulder of land on
the west slope of the Hambleton Hills overlooking the Vale of the Ure. The
barrow is one of many similar monuments on the Hambleton Hills.
The barrow has a well defined flat topped earth and stone mound standing 0.8m
high. It is round in shape and 12m in diameter. The mound has been disturbed
in the past by the digging of a hole in the centre.The mound was surrounded by
a ditch up to 3m wide which has become partially filled in over the years.

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

Despite limited disturbance this barrow has survived well. Significant
information about the original form, burials placed within it and evidence of
earlier land use beneath the mound will be preserved. Although in an isolated
position this monument is associated with a group of barrows on the edge of
the Hambleton Hills. Similar groups of monuments are also known across the
north and central areas of the North York Moors providing important insight
into burial practice during the prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Spratt, D A , 'Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology in North East Yorkshire' in Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology of North East Yorkshire, , Vol. BAR 104, (1993)

Source: Historic England

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