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Two round barrows at Seta Pike

A Scheduled Monument in Cowesby, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.293 / 54°17'34"N

Longitude: -1.2677 / 1°16'3"W

OS Eastings: 447763.427412

OS Northings: 488844.552728

OS Grid: SE477888

Mapcode National: GBR MLLS.BV

Mapcode Global: WHD8B.HCK8

Entry Name: Two round barrows at Seta Pike

Scheduled Date: 20 July 1964

Last Amended: 16 September 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008580

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25516

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Cowesby

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire


The monument includes two round barrows which lie 40m apart on an east-west
orientation, situated in a prominent position on the west edge of the
Hambleton Hills overlooking the Vale of the Ure.
The eastern barrow has a well defined flat topped earth and stone mound
standing 1.2m high. It is round in shape and is 9m in diameter. This mound
has been dug into in the past leaving a slight hollow in the centre. A forest
track passes the east of the ditch. There is a fence along the west side of
the track.
The western barrow has a well defined mound standing 0.6m high. It is round
in shape and is 5m in diameter.
Each of these mounds was 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 fence and the surface of the track are excluded from the scheduling
although the ground beneath is included.

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 practices. 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, , Vol. BAR 104, (1993)

Source: Historic England

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