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Round barrow on Reasty Hill Top 840m south east of Breckenhurst

A Scheduled Monument in Harwood Dale, North Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.3349 / 54°20'5"N

Longitude: -0.5174 / 0°31'2"W

OS Eastings: 496500.599687

OS Northings: 494270.910622

OS Grid: SE965942

Mapcode National: GBR SLT9.ST

Mapcode Global: WHGBS.09XN

Entry Name: Round barrow on Reasty Hill Top 840m south east of Breckenhurst

Scheduled Date: 24 November 2000

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019471

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34538

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Harwood Dale

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Hackness with Harwood Dale

Church of England Diocese: York

Details

The monument includes a round barrow situated in a prominent position towards
the top of the north eastern scarp edge of the Hackness Hills.
The barrow has an earth and stone mound which stands up to 0.5m high and
measures 8m in diameter. Partial excavation in the past has left a hollow in
the centre of the mound.
The barrow lies in an area where there are many other prehistoric burial
monuments.

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.

Despite disturbance, the round barrow on Reasty Hill Top 840m south east of
Breckenhurst has surviving archaeological deposits which will preserve
Information about the original form of the barrow and the burials placed
within it. Evidence for earlier land use and the contemporary environment will
also survive beneath the barrow mound.
The barrow is part of a group of six round and square barrows. This kind of
association provides a valuable insight into the development of ritual and
funerary practice during the Bronze and Iron Ages, and the spatial and
chronological relationship between the two types of barrow.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Smith, M J B, Excavated Bronze Age Burial Mounds of Durham and N' land., (1994), 149
Other
Title: Forestry Commission Areas North York Moors Archaeological Survey
Source Date: 1992
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Surveyor:

Source: Historic England

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