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Two round barrows 200m south of Belmanbank Gate

A Scheduled Monument in Guisborough, Redcar and Cleveland

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Latitude: 54.5157 / 54°30'56"N

Longitude: -1.0361 / 1°2'10"W

OS Eastings: 462496.441096

OS Northings: 513802.27262

OS Grid: NZ624138

Mapcode National: GBR PJ67.H1

Mapcode Global: WHF8F.1RWL

Entry Name: Two round barrows 200m south of Belmanbank Gate

Scheduled Date: 24 May 1951

Last Amended: 14 March 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015391

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28257

County: Redcar and Cleveland

Civil Parish: Guisborough

Built-Up Area: Guisborough

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Guisborough St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes two round barrows situated in a prominent position on
the north edge of the North York Moors.
The barrows lie close together, one being 27m to the east of the other, and
are separated by a heavily eroded path. Both of the barrows have an earth and
stone mound and each was originally surrounded by a kerb of stones which
defined the barrow and supported the mound. However, over the years some of
the stones have been removed or been buried by soil slipping off the mounds.
The western barrow stands 1m high, is 16m in diameter and has kerb stones
visible on the south side. There is a hollow dug into the south eastern flank
of the mound resulting from investigations in the past. An old trackway cuts
the western edge of the mound. The eastern barrow mound is 7m in diameter and
stands 0.50m high, with no kerb stones visible. There is a modern walkers'
cairn on the top of the mound. The west side is severely eroded by the
The barrows lie in an area rich in prehistoric monuments including further
barrows, field systems and clearance cairns.

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, these barrows have survived well. Significant
information about the original form of the barrows and the burials placed
within them will be preserved. Evidence of earlier land use will also survive
beneath the barrow mounds.
Together with other barrows in the area, they are thought to also represent
territorial markers. Similar groups of monuments are also known across the
west 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 and ritual 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), 92-122
Spratt, D A , 'Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology in North East Yorkshire' in Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology of North East Yorkshire, (1993), 92-122

Source: Historic England

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