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Four round barrows 420m north of North Ings

A Scheduled Monument in Commondale, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.4949 / 54°29'41"N

Longitude: -1.0008 / 1°0'3"W

OS Eastings: 464812.362035

OS Northings: 511522.758063

OS Grid: NZ648115

Mapcode National: GBR PJGG.3G

Mapcode Global: WHF8M.L8MZ

Entry Name: Four round barrows 420m north of North Ings

Scheduled Date: 26 July 1976

Last Amended: 31 January 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015397

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28277

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Commondale

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Danby with Castleton and Commondale

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes four round barrows situated on the west flank of
Selderskew Moor.
Three of the barrows lie in a line, east to west and up to 30m apart with the
fourth barrow being located 30m to the north. All 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, none of these
stones are now visible as over the years they have been taken away or been
buried by soil slipping off the mounds. The western mound is flat topped and
stands 0.5m high and is 7m in diameter, the central mound is 0.8m high and 12m
in diameter and the eastern mound is 0.75m high and 5m in diameter. The
northern mound is 0.5m high and 5m in diameter. In the centre of each mound is
a hollow created when the mound was excavated in the past.
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.
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
Elgee, F, Early Man in NE Yorkshire, (1930), 148
Elgee, F, Early Man in NE Yorkshire, (1930), 148#
Elgee, F, Early Man in NE Yorkshire, (1930), 148

Source: Historic England

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