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Two round barrows 300m SSW of Gold Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Whorlton, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.4047 / 54°24'16"N

Longitude: -1.2174 / 1°13'2"W

OS Eastings: 450897.164056

OS Northings: 501310.236181

OS Grid: NZ508013

Mapcode National: GBR MKYH.7S

Mapcode Global: WHD7S.8KJ4

Entry Name: Two round barrows 300m SSW of Gold Hill

Scheduled Date: 24 October 1968

Last Amended: 26 July 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014086

English Heritage Legacy ID: 26917

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


The monument includes a pair of round barrows situated in a prominent position
on the northern edge of the North York Moors.
The northern barrow has an earth and stone mound standing 0.5m high. It is
round in shape and 6m in diameter. The eastern barrow has a mound 8m in
diameter and 0.5m high. Both these mounds were each surrounded by a ditch up
to 3m wide which has become filled in over the years and is no longer
visible as an earthwork.
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.

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

Both these barrows have survived well and significant information about the
original form, burials placed within them and evidence of earlier land use
beneath the mounds will be preserved.
Together with adjacent barrows they are thought to represent territorial
markers. Similar groups of monuments are also known across the northern and
central areas of the North York Moors, providing an 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, , Vol. BAR 104, (1993), 116-123

Source: Historic England

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