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Round barrow on Suffield Moor, 750m south of Silpho Brow Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Hackness, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.3192 / 54°19'9"N

Longitude: -0.4923 / 0°29'32"W

OS Eastings: 498169.430092

OS Northings: 492564.4336

OS Grid: SE981925

Mapcode National: GBR TL0H.6F

Mapcode Global: WHGBS.DPTN

Entry Name: Round barrow on Suffield Moor, 750m south of Silpho Brow Farm

Scheduled Date: 9 March 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019624

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34555

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Hackness

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Hackness with Harwood Dale

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a round barrow situated on level ground towards the top
of the eastern scarp edge of the Hackness Hills.
The barrow has an earth and stone mound which stands up to 1.4m high and has a
maximum diameter of 16m. In the centre of the mound there is a slight hollow
which is the result of partial excavation in the past. The mound was
originally surrounded by a ditch up to 2m wide but this has become infilled
over the years by soil slipping from the mound so that it is no longer visible
as an earthwork.
The barrow lies in an area where there are many other prehistoric burial

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

Despite limited disturbance, the round barrow on Suffield Moor, 750m south of
Silpho Brow Farm is one of the largest and best preserved on the Hackness
Hills. 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 and within
the buried ditch. The barrow was originally among a group of at least twelve
burial monuments distributed across the south eastern part of Suffield Moor.
Such clusters provide important insight into the development of ritual and
funerary practice during the prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England


Title: Forestry Commission Areas North York Moors Archaeological Survey
Source Date: 1992
Site 3.22

Source: Historic England

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