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Round barrow on Rabbit Hill, 120m north of High Park House

A Scheduled Monument in Winton, Stank and Hallikeld, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.3656 / 54°21'56"N

Longitude: -1.364 / 1°21'50"W

OS Eastings: 441420.109856

OS Northings: 496864.012043

OS Grid: SE414968

Mapcode National: GBR LKXY.HT

Mapcode Global: WHD7X.0JRL

Entry Name: Round barrow on Rabbit Hill, 120m north of High Park House

Scheduled Date: 9 October 1954

Last Amended: 19 March 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020353

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31357

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Winton, Stank and Hallikeld

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Kirby Sigston St Lawrence

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a round barrow situated in a prominent position on the
crest of a low hill known as Rabbit Hill lying in undulating land
approximately 5km west of the Hambleton Hills.
The barrow has an earth and stone mound standing 0.9m high. It was originally
round in shape, but has been altered by agricultural activity and now measures
9m north to south by 18m east to west. The mound was originally surrounded by
a quarry ditch up to 3m wide, although this has been filled in over the years
and no longer survives as an earthwork.
The monument is part of a wider group of similar prehistoric monuments located
in the lowlands to the west of the Hambleton Hills.

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

Bowl barrows, the most numerous form of round barrow, 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 or rubble mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered single or multiple
burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as cemeteries and often
acted as a focus for 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 bowl
barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring
across most of lowland Britain. Often occupying prominent locations, they are
a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable
variation of 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

Although reduced by agricultural activity, this barrow has survived as an
earthwork and significant information about the original form, burials placed
within it and evidence of earlier land use beneath the mound will be
It is one of a wider group of barrows in the area providing important insight
into burial practice. Such groupings of monuments offer important scope for
the study of the use of land for social and ritual purposes in different
geographical areas during the prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England


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Source: Historic England

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