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Two round barrows 800m south of Farfields

A Scheduled Monument in Lockton, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2768 / 54°16'36"N

Longitude: -0.7146 / 0°42'52"W

OS Eastings: 483794.499253

OS Northings: 487561.131101

OS Grid: SE837875

Mapcode National: GBR RLGZ.2M

Mapcode Global: WHGBW.0R0P

Entry Name: Two round barrows 800m south of Farfields

Scheduled Date: 20 June 1967

Last Amended: 22 December 2003

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1021167

English Heritage Legacy ID: 35457

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Lockton

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Pickering St Peter and St Paul

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes two round barrows which are situated in a prominent
position on the southern slopes of the Tabular Hills. The northern barrow
has an earth and stone mound which measures 18m in diameter and stands up
to 1.5m high. The southern barrow lies 27m to the south east. It has an
earth and stone mound which measures 21m in diameter and stands up to 2m
high. Partial excavation in the past has left a hollow in the centres of
both mounds.

The monument lies in an area where there are many other prehistoric
monuments, including further burials and the remains of prehistoric land

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 two round barrows 800m south of Farfields
have survived well. Significant information about the original form of the
barrows and the burials placed within them will be preserved. Evidence for
earlier land use and the contemporary environment will also survive
beneath the barrow mounds. The close association between the two barrows
and with other similar monuments in the surrounding area provides insight
into the distribution of ritual and funerary activity across the landscape
during the prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Spratt, D A , 'Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology in North East Yorkshire' in Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology of North East Yorkshire, , Vol. 87, (1993)
Bastow, M, AM107, (1998)

Source: Historic England

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