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Round barrow 600m SSW of Saintoft Grange

A Scheduled Monument in Pickering, North Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.2886 / 54°17'19"N

Longitude: -0.7887 / 0°47'19"W

OS Eastings: 478948.629441

OS Northings: 488786.145029

OS Grid: SE789887

Mapcode National: GBR QLYV.1D

Mapcode Global: WHF9P.VGMM

Entry Name: Round barrow 600m SSW of Saintoft Grange

Scheduled Date: 20 June 1967

Last Amended: 25 June 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020114

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34819

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Pickering

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Pickering St Peter and St Paul

Church of England Diocese: York

Details

The monument includes a round barrow situated on the southern slopes of the
North York Moors. It is known from archaeological evidence that the southern
flanks of the moors were extensively used in the prehistoric period for
agricultural and ritual purposes. Remains of these activities survive today.
The barrow has an earth and stone mound, shown on a map in 1928 to measure 30m
in diameter. Although subsequently reduced by agricultural activity the
remains can still be seen as a low mound measuring 0.3m in height. The mound
was surrounded by a ditch up to 3m wide which has been filled in and is no
longer visible as an earthwork.

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.

Although reduced by agricultural activity the round barrow 600m SSW of
Saintoft Grange has survived and significant information about the original
construction of the barrow, the burials placed beneath it and its 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), 1-23

Source: Historic England

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