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Enclosed Bronze Age urnfield 160m west of Overgreen Royd Farm, Mixenden

A Scheduled Monument in Warley, Calderdale

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Latitude: 53.7478 / 53°44'52"N

Longitude: -1.9228 / 1°55'22"W

OS Eastings: 405188.337643

OS Northings: 427940.294799

OS Grid: SE051279

Mapcode National: GBR HT03.J7

Mapcode Global: WHB8G.F2M5

Entry Name: Enclosed Bronze Age urnfield 160m west of Overgreen Royd Farm, Mixenden

Scheduled Date: 16 June 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018233

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31482

County: Calderdale

Electoral Ward/Division: Warley

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Mount Pellon Christ Church

Church of England Diocese: Leeds


The monument includes a Bronze Age urnfield and its enclosing bank. It is
situated 160m west of Overgreen Royd Farm, Mixenden. The field containing the
urnfield has been ploughed in the past, but the bank still survives to a
height of 0.2m. The bank is subcircular and measures about 5m wide and 50m in
diameter; it previously extended into a field to the north west but has been
destroyed in this area by a small stone quarry.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

An enclosed Bronze Age urnfield is a burial ground in which cremations,
usually placed in cinerary urns, were interred within a circular enclosure up
to 30m in diameter. This was formed by either a ditch, a bank, or a bank
within a stone circle. There was normally an entrance or causeway allowing
access into the enclosure, where a central mound or standing stone is
sometimes found. Excavated examples are known to date to the Middle Bronze Age
between the 16th and 11th centuries BC. Enclosed Bronze Age urnfields are
largely found in the north of England, mainly in Yorkshire, Cumbria and
Northumberland, although their distribution also extends into Scotland. They
are a rare type of Bronze Age burial monument, with fewer than 50 identified
examples and provide an important insight into beliefs and social organisation
during this period. All positively identified examples are considered to be
nationally important

Although the surface of the enclosed Bronze Age urnfield 160m west of
Overgreen Royd Farm has been disturbed by ploughing, it retains evidence of
its form and location, and will retain evidence of the burials originally
placed within it. It is one of several such sites in the Calderdale area.

Source: Historic England

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