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Round barrow on Newton Mulgrave Moor, 550m south of Newton Brow

A Scheduled Monument in Ellerby, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.5128 / 54°30'46"N

Longitude: -0.7891 / 0°47'20"W

OS Eastings: 478491.610822

OS Northings: 513733.495

OS Grid: NZ784137

Mapcode National: GBR QJX8.Y1

Mapcode Global: WHF8J.VTDR

Entry Name: Round barrow on Newton Mulgrave Moor, 550m south of Newton Brow

Scheduled Date: 13 July 1964

Last Amended: 2 July 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016570

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32035

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Ellerby

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Ugthorpe Christ Church

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a round barrow which lies on a gentle south facing
moorland slope at the north edge of the North York Moors.
The barrow has an earth and stone mound which measures 9m in diameter and
stands up to 0.7m high. Past excavations have left a hollow in the centre of
the mound and almost levelled the west side.
The barrow was originally one of at least eight spread across the north east
side of Newton Mulgrave Moor and lies in an area rich in prehistoric
monuments, including further barrows, field systems and settlements.
All fence posts are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath
is included.

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 importance of the barrow 550m south of Newton Brow is enhanced by its
spatial association with seven other barrows. Such clusters of burial
monuments provide important insight into the development of ritual and
funerary practice during the Bronze Age. It is situated within an area which
includes other monuments dating from the Neolithic to the Iron Age. Associated
groups of monuments such as these demonstrate a continuity of occupation
throughout the prehistoric period and offer important scope for the study of
the distribution and development of prehistoric activity across the landscape.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Smith, M J B, Excavated Bronze Age Burial Mounds of Durham and N' land., (1994), 84
Spratt, D A , 'Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology in North East Yorkshire' in Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology of North East Yorkshire, , Vol. 87, (1993)

Source: Historic England

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