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Round barrow on Pye Rigg End known as Pye Rigg Howe

A Scheduled Monument in Stainton Dale, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.3869 / 54°23'12"N

Longitude: -0.5113 / 0°30'40"W

OS Eastings: 496774.094178

OS Northings: 500065.4276

OS Grid: NZ967000

Mapcode National: GBR SKWQ.36

Mapcode Global: WHGBD.3ZST

Entry Name: Round barrow on Pye Rigg End known as Pye Rigg Howe

Scheduled Date: 15 November 1934

Last Amended: 9 March 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019679

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34566

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Stainton Dale

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 which is situated on Middle Jurassic
sandstone at the eastern edge of the North York Moors, in a prominent position
at the top of a gentle south-facing slope.
The barrow has an earth and stone mound which stands up to 1m high and
measures 16m in diameter. The northern half of the barrow has been truncated
by a 2m wide drainage ditch which runs in an east to west direction through
the mound. On top of the mound in the centre there is a boundary stone which
bears the letter `H' on its south face.
The barrow lies in an area where there are many other prehistoric monuments,
including further barrows as well as field systems and clearance cairns.

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 Pye Rigg End known as Pye
Rigg Howe has survived well. 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's association with similar monuments nearby provides insight
into the distribution of ritual and funerary activity across the landscape
during the prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England


Title: Forestry Commission Areas North York Moors Archaeological Survey
Source Date: 1992
Site 5.31
Title: Ordnance Survey 2nd Edition 25" sheet 62/2
Source Date: 1928

Source: Historic England

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