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Round barrow 400m south west of Crane Field Laithe

A Scheduled Monument in Hellifield, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.0104 / 54°0'37"N

Longitude: -2.1901 / 2°11'24"W

OS Eastings: 387639.865921

OS Northings: 457174.651139

OS Grid: SD876571

Mapcode National: GBR FQ42.N3

Mapcode Global: WHB6Z.BGBC

Entry Name: Round barrow 400m south west of Crane Field Laithe

Scheduled Date: 26 October 1973

Last Amended: 19 May 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010449

English Heritage Legacy ID: 24498

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Hellifield

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Hellifield St Aidan

Church of England Diocese: Leeds


This large round barrow is situated south east of Wenningber Farm in a pasture
field near Crane Field Beck on low ground. It is 1.4m high and has a diameter
of 13.5m. This mound was surrounded by a ditch approximately 2m in width. This
has become infilled and is no longer visible as an earthwork. The monument has
been disturbed, particularly on the south and south east sides, which have
been mostly removed and a large depression lies at its centre. The site was
excavated in 1855 by R H Tiddeman. However, enough remains to give an
impression of its original size and that it was built of cobbles. The recorded
finds include two cinerary urns, two incense cups, a bronze knife and bone

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

The monument, although partially disturbed by excavation, is still a well
preserved example containing further archaeological remains

Source: Historic England

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