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Two round barrows, 245m and 340m north west of Barmoor Lodge

A Scheduled Monument in Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.31 / 54°18'35"N

Longitude: -0.9281 / 0°55'41"W

OS Eastings: 469835.1732

OS Northings: 491013.1155

OS Grid: SE698910

Mapcode National: GBR PLYL.VR

Mapcode Global: WHF9F.QX7S

Entry Name: Two round barrows, 245m and 340m north west of Barmoor Lodge

Scheduled Date: 25 October 1968

Last Amended: 24 October 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016022

English Heritage Legacy ID: 30104

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Hutton-le-Hole

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Lastingham St Mary

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes the remains of two round barrows surviving as upstanding
earthworks, 245m and 340m north west of Barmoor Lodge. A group of four further
barrows, which are the subject of a separate scheduling (SM 30105), lie about
400m to the south west.
The north western barrow survives as a c.15m diameter mound surrounded by a
slight depression, up to 3m wide, marking the encircling ditch. The mound
stands up to 0.5m high and is pitted with a number of hollows across its
surface. The second barrow to the south east is smaller but better preserved,
surviving as a c.10m diameter mound standing to 1.2m, also surrounded by a
slight 3m wide ditch and topped with a central depression.

Excavations of round barrows in the region have shown that they demonstrate a
very wide range of burial rites from simple scatters of cremated material to
coffin inhumations and cremations contained in urns, typically dating to the
Bronze Age. A common factor is that barrows were normally used for more than
one burial and that the primary burial was frequently on or below the original
ground surface, often with secondary burials located within the body of the
mound. Most barrows include a small number of grave goods. These are often
small pottery food vessels, but stone, bone, jet and bronze items have also
occasionally been found. Shallow ditches and/or stone kerbs immediately
encircling the mounds are also quite common.

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

The Barmoor round barrows are good examples of their type. Their importance is
heightened by the survival of a further group of four smaller round barrows to
the south west.

Source: Historic England

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