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Round barrow on Newton Mulgrave Moor, 170m east of Stang Howe

A Scheduled Monument in Roxby, North Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.5135 / 54°30'48"N

Longitude: -0.8192 / 0°49'9"W

OS Eastings: 476542.312153

OS Northings: 513777.230223

OS Grid: NZ765137

Mapcode National: GBR QJQ7.FS

Mapcode Global: WHF8J.DT47

Entry Name: Round barrow on Newton Mulgrave Moor, 170m east of Stang Howe

Scheduled Date: 7 March 1969

Last Amended: 2 July 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016577

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32026

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Roxby

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Ugthorpe Christ Church

Church of England Diocese: York

Details

The monument includes a round barrow which lies on level moorland at the north
edge of the North York Moors.
The barrow has an earth and stone mound which measures 11m in diameter and
stands up to 0.8m high. It was originally surrounded by a ditch up to 3m wide
which has largely become filled in over the years and is now only visible as a
shallow depression around the base of the mound. In the centre of the mound
there is a hollow caused by excavations in the past.
The barrow is one of a group of six spread across the west side of Newton
Mulgrave Moor and lies in an area rich in prehistoric monuments, including
further barrows, field systems and settlements.

MAP EXTRACT
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
protection.

Despite limited disturbance, the round barrow 170m east of Stang Howe survives
well. Significant information about the original form of the barrow and the
burials placed within it will be preserved. Evidence for earlier land use and
the contemporary environment will also survive beneath the barrow mound and in
the buried ditch.
The barrow is one of a group of six burial monuments and such clusters 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

Sources

Books and journals
Smith, M J B, Excavated Bronze Age Burial Mounds of Durham and N' land., (1994), 79
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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