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Round barrow 780m north west of Cockmoor Hall

A Scheduled Monument in Snainton, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2713 / 54°16'16"N

Longitude: -0.6094 / 0°36'33"W

OS Eastings: 490658.2692

OS Northings: 487074.615368

OS Grid: SE906870

Mapcode National: GBR SM51.WM

Mapcode Global: WHGBX.MW1X

Entry Name: Round barrow 780m north west of Cockmoor Hall

Scheduled Date: 24 July 2002

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020756

English Heritage Legacy ID: 35438

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Snainton

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Snainton St Stephen

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a round barrow which is situated in a prominent
position on the central plateau of the Tabular Hills, towards the top of a
gentle north-facing slope overlooking Troutsdale.

The barrow has an earthen mound which stands up to 1m high and has a
maximum diameter of 12m. Partial excavation in the past has left a linear
hollow running east to west across the centre of the mound. The mound was
originally surrounded by a ditch up to 2m wide but this has become filled
in over the years by soil slipping from the mound and is only visible now
as a slight depression around the eastern and southern sides. The barrow
lies in an area where there are many other burial monuments as well as the
remains of prehistoric land division.

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 780m north of Cockmoor Hall
has survived well. Significant 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 lies in an area where there are many other burial monuments, as
well as a concentration of prehistoric land boundaries. The relationships
between these monuments are important for understanding the division and
use of the landscape for social, ritual and agricultural purposes during
the later prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Northern Archaeological Associates, , North York Moors Forest Survey Phase Two, (1996)

Source: Historic England

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