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Round barrow 250m west of Wallerthwaite

A Scheduled Monument in Markington with Wallerthwaite, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.0799 / 54°4'47"N

Longitude: -1.5553 / 1°33'18"W

OS Eastings: 429193.589206

OS Northings: 464981.965288

OS Grid: SE291649

Mapcode National: GBR KPL8.26

Mapcode Global: WHC81.2QN3

Entry Name: Round barrow 250m west of Wallerthwaite

Scheduled Date: 27 October 1970

Last Amended: 8 December 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017658

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29536

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Markington with Wallerthwaite

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire


The monument includes a round barrow situated on undulating land south of the
village of Markington.
The barrow has an earth and stone mound standing 2.5m high. It is round in
shape and measures 30m in diameter. The mound was surrounded by a ditch up to
3m wide which has been filled in 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

This barrow has survived well, so significant information about the original
form of the barrow and the burials placed within it will be preserved.
Evidence of earlier land use will also survive beneath the barrow mound.
The monument offers important scope for the study social and ritual activities
in the region during the prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England


FMW s, AM 107 Reports, (1984)

Source: Historic England

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