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Round barrow 50m north of Snotterdale Plantation

A Scheduled Monument in Whorlton, North Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.4042 / 54°24'14"N

Longitude: -1.2182 / 1°13'5"W

OS Eastings: 450848.137214

OS Northings: 501247.05809

OS Grid: NZ508012

Mapcode National: GBR MKYJ.20

Mapcode Global: WHD7S.8K5K

Entry Name: Round barrow 50m north of Snotterdale Plantation

Scheduled Date: 24 October 1968

Last Amended: 26 July 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012735

English Heritage Legacy ID: 26919

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Whorlton

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Whorlton

Church of England Diocese: York

Details

The monument includes a round barrow situated on a gentle slope on the
northern edge of the North York Moors.
The barrow is buried beneath spoil from a small adjacent quarry but is
considered to survive beneath this spoil. When last seen and recorded the
barrow had an earth and stone mound standing up to 0.75m high which was round
in shape and 6m in diameter. Like other barrows in the area it is surrounded
by a ditch up to 3m wide.
There are many similar barrows in this area of the Hambleton Hills. Many of
these lie in closely associated groups, particularly along the watersheds.
They provide evidence of territorial organisation marking divisions of land,
divisions which still remain as some parish or township boundaries.

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.

Despite the dumping of quarry spoil so as to mask this barrow it is considered
to still survive. Significant information about the original form, burials
placed within it and evidence of earlier land use beneath the mound will be
preserved.
Together with adjacent barrows it is thought to represent a territorial
marker. The barrows are associated with a later prehistoric linear boundary
system which divided the terrain into discrete units, formalising the
divisions created by the barrows. 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

Sources

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), 116-123

Source: Historic England

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