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Round barrow on Moorsholm Moor, 470m west of Dimmingdale Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Lockwood, Redcar and Cleveland

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Latitude: 54.4965 / 54°29'47"N

Longitude: -0.945 / 0°56'41"W

OS Eastings: 468427.310578

OS Northings: 511750.464001

OS Grid: NZ684117

Mapcode National: GBR PJVF.6X

Mapcode Global: WHF8N.G77R

Entry Name: Round barrow on Moorsholm Moor, 470m west of Dimmingdale Farm

Scheduled Date: 7 June 1974

Last Amended: 19 March 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018805

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32003

County: Redcar and Cleveland

Civil Parish: Lockwood

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Moorsholm

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a round barrow situated on level moorland on the north
edge of the North York Moors. It has an earth and stone mound 5m in diameter
and standing up to 0.3m high. In the centre there is a hollow caused by
excavations in the past. The surface is irregular and the composition of small
rounded stones is visible in places. The barrow is situated close to an oval
enclosure which is thought to be a ritual monument, in an area rich in other
prehistoric monuments, including further barrows, field systems and clearance

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 470m west of Dimmingdale Farm is enhanced by its
spatial association with an oval enclosure. This type of association provides
evidence for the diversity of Bronze Age ritual activity in this area. The
barrow is situated within a group of prehistoric monuments which also includes
clearance cairns, a stone hut circle and further burial monuments. Monument
groups such as these offer important scope for the study of the distribution
of prehistoric activity across the landscape.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Crawford, G M, Bronze Age Burial Mounds in Cleveland, (1980)
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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