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Round barrow on Beadlam Rigg, 490m west of Stone Ruckles round barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Pockley, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.3072 / 54°18'25"N

Longitude: -1.0377 / 1°2'15"W

OS Eastings: 462712.694

OS Northings: 490599.654

OS Grid: SE627905

Mapcode National: GBR PL6M.4R

Mapcode Global: WHF9D.1Z4Y

Entry Name: Round barrow on Beadlam Rigg, 490m west of Stone Ruckles round barrow

Scheduled Date: 29 October 1968

Last Amended: 24 November 2000

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019516

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32693

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Pockley

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Pockley St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes earthwork and associated buried remains of a prehistoric
burial mound sited on the uphill, northern end of Beadlam Rigg.
The round barrow is sited on gently sloping, west facing ground overlooking
the head of Pinderdale Howl, the steep sided gully dividing Pockley and
Beadlam Riggs. It is not prominently located and not intervisible with Stone
Ruckles round barrow to the east. However it is intervisible with the site of
the southern barrow on Birk Nab 520m to the NNW. The barrow survives as an 11m
diameter mound standing up to 0.6m high with a central hollow 4m in diameter
which is interpreted to be the result of excavation in the past. From a
surface inspection the barrow appears to have a high stone content, with
stones typically around 0.15m across. There is also evidence that the barrow
has an outer kerbing of larger stone slabs up to 0.5m across. Excavation of
other examples of round barrows in the region have shown that even where no
encircling depression is discernible on the modern ground surface, ditches
immediately around the outside of the mound frequently survive as infilled
features, containing additional archaeological deposits. A margin to allow for
such an infilled ditch up to 2m wide is thus also included within the

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

The majority of round barrows in the region were dug into by 19th century
antiquarians in search of burials and artifacts, leaving behind a central
depression as evidence of their work. However excavations in the latter half
of the 20th century have shown that round barrows typically contain
archaeological information that survives earlier digging. Secondary burials
tend to be located within the main body of the mound and sometimes one of
these was mistaken for the primary burial which was usual the goal of the
antiquarian. Even when the primary burial has been excavated, further
secondary burials often survive in the undisturbed surrounding part of the
mound and infilled ditch. Additional valuable information about the mound's
construction and the local environment at the time of its construction will
also survive antiquarian excavation.
The round barrow on Beadlam Rigg, 490m west of Stone Ruckles round barrow is a
good example of a small, less prominently placed burial mound which will
retain important information about Bronze Age society in the area.

Source: Historic England

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