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Two round barrows 400m north east of Hastings Wood

A Scheduled Monument in Kepwick, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.3143 / 54°18'51"N

Longitude: -1.2544 / 1°15'15"W

OS Eastings: 448603.701767

OS Northings: 491221.726705

OS Grid: SE486912

Mapcode National: GBR MLPK.76

Mapcode Global: WHD84.PTWG

Entry Name: Two round barrows 400m NE of Hastings Wood

Scheduled Date: 20 July 1964

Last Amended: 20 April 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008571

English Heritage Legacy ID: 24458

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Kepwick

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire


The monument includes two round barrows orientated north-south, situated in a
prominent position on the west edge of the Hambleton Hills overlooking the
Vale of the Ure.
The northern barrow has a well defined earth and stone mound standing 0.4m
high. It is round in shape and is 7m in diameter. The centre of the mound has
been dug into in the past.
The southern barrow has a large well defined mound standing 1m high. It is
round in shape and is 13m in diameter. An old excavation has left a hollow
from the western flank to the centre. Both these mounds were each encircled by
a ditch up to 3m wide which has become filled in over the years and is no
longer visible as an earthwork.
This monument is one of many similar examples on this area of the Hambleton
Hills. Many of these lie in closely associated groups, particulary along the
watersheds. They provide evidence of territorial organisation marking
divisions of land, divisions which still remain as some parish or township

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 both these barrows have survived well.
Significant information about the original form, burials placed within them
and evidence of earlier land use beneath the mounds will be preserved.
They are part of a group of barrows clustered on this part of the Hambleton
Hills thought to mark a prehistoric boundary. Similar groups of monuments are
also known across the north and central areas of the North York Moors
providing important insight into burial practice. Such groupings of monuments
offer important scope for the study of the division of land for social, ritual
and agricultural purposes in different geographical areas 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, (1993)
Spratt, D A , 'Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology in North East Yorkshire' in Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology of North East Yorkshire, (1993)

Source: Historic England

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