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Round barrow on Coomb Hill, 530m west of Coomb Slack Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Hackness, North Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.291 / 54°17'27"N

Longitude: -0.537 / 0°32'13"W

OS Eastings: 495326.051001

OS Northings: 489358.284223

OS Grid: SE953893

Mapcode National: GBR SLPT.JK

Mapcode Global: WHGBY.QDHT

Entry Name: Round barrow on Coomb Hill, 530m west of Coomb Slack Farm

Scheduled Date: 4 August 1933

Last Amended: 10 January 2000

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019144

English Heritage Legacy ID: 33499

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Hackness

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Hutton Buscell St Matthew

Church of England Diocese: York

Details

The monument includes a round barrow situated in a prominent position at the
northern scarp edge of the Tabular Hills.
The barrow has a well defined earth and stone mound standing up to 1.2m high.
It is round in shape and measures 11m in diameter. In the centre of the mound
there is a hollow caused by part excavation in the past.
The barrow lies within a dense concentration of prehistoric burial monuments
in an area which also includes the remains of prehistoric settlement and land
division.
A surfaced forestry track runs in a NNW to SSE direction to the east of the
barrow and this is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath
it is included.

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

Round barrows 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 mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered
single or multiple burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as
cemeteries and often acted as a focus of 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 examples recorded nationally (many more have already
been destroyed), occurring across most of Britain, including the Wessex area
where it is often possible to classify them more closely, for example as bowl
or bell barrows. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major
historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable variation in
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.

The Tabular Hills in the Wykeham Forest area contain a dense concentration of
prehistoric monuments, dating from the Neolithic to the Iron Age, which
includes field systems, enclosures and land boundaries as well as both round
and square barrows. The spatial and chronological relationships between the
round and square barrows in this area, and between both types of barrow and
other prehistoric monuments, are of considerable importance for understanding
the development of later prehistoric society in eastern Yorkshire.
Despite limited disturbance, the barrow 530m west of Coomb Slack Farm 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. The
barrow is part of a group of seven round and square barrows, six of which
survive, and this kind of association provides valuable insight into the
relationship between the two types of barrow.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Lee, G E, Wykeham Archaeological Survey, (1991)

Source: Historic England

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