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Round barrow 550m north of High Nova Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Pickering, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2901 / 54°17'24"N

Longitude: -0.7974 / 0°47'50"W

OS Eastings: 478378.018924

OS Northings: 488936.362784

OS Grid: SE783889

Mapcode National: GBR QLWT.5X

Mapcode Global: WHF9P.QFHJ

Entry Name: Round barrow 550m north of High Nova Farm

Scheduled Date: 14 April 1967

Last Amended: 20 March 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015440

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28293

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Pickering

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Cropton St Gregory

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a round barrow situated on undulating land on the
northern side of the Vale of Pickering.
The barrow has a low earth and stone mound 0.6m high. It is round in shape
and has been spread by ploughing to measure 36m in diameter. The mound was
originally surrounded by a ditch up to 3m wide which has been infilled over
the years and is no longer visible as an earthwork.

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

Although reduced by agricultural activity, this barrow has survived as an
earthwork and significant information about its original form and the burials
placed within it will be preserved.
It is one of a wider group of barrows in the area providing important insight
into burial practice during the prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England

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