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Round barrow 190m west of Moorland House

A Scheduled Monument in Stainton Dale, North Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.3824 / 54°22'56"N

Longitude: -0.5031 / 0°30'11"W

OS Eastings: 497318.593753

OS Northings: 499578.625502

OS Grid: SE973995

Mapcode National: GBR SKXR.WS

Mapcode Global: WHGBL.73PP

Entry Name: Round barrow 190m west of Moorland House

Scheduled Date: 9 April 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019893

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34806

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Stainton Dale

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Ravenscar St Hilda

Church of England Diocese: York

Details

The monument includes a round barrow situated on the southern flank of Howdale
Moor. This is the easternmost extent of the sandstone, heather covered moor
characteristic of the North York Moors. Today the moor is little used but
archaeological evidence indicates that this has not always been the case. The
prehistoric period in particular saw extensive agricultural use of the area.
It was also used for burials and activities associated with the carving of
patterns on exposed rock. Remains of these activities survive today.
The barrow has a steep-sided earth and stone mound which measures 12m in
diameter and stands 0.5m high. The mound was surrounded by a ditch up to 3m
wide which has been filled in and is no longer visible as an earthwork. There
is a small hole in the top of the mound which is the result of investigations
in the past.

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 round barrow 190m west of Moorland House has survived well. Significant
information about the original form of the barrow, the burials placed within
it and the relationship with other monuments in the area will be preserved.
Evidence of earlier land use will also survive beneath the barrow mound.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Smith, M J B, Excavated Bronze Age Burial Mounds of Durham and N' land., (1994), 1-32

Source: Historic England

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