Round barrow 160m north of Beacon Farm

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008489

Date first listed: 05-Aug-1933

Date of most recent amendment: 18-Aug-1994

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round barrow 160m north of Beacon Farm
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: North Yorkshire

District: Scarborough (District Authority)

County: North Yorkshire

District: Scarborough (District Authority)

Parish: Irton

National Grid Reference: TA 00793 87511

Summary

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Reasons for Designation

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 protection.

This monument survives reasonably well and appears never to have been excavated. Evidence of the manner and duration of usage of this monument and the environment in which it was created will be retained within and beneath the barrow mound and its surrounding ditch. The barrow is part of a wider group and will contribute to an understanding of the development and use of this group.

History

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Details

The monument includes a prehistoric round barrow located on flat moorland. The monument is visible as an earthen mound standing 3.5m high. The mound has a diameter of 33m. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch, from which material was excavated during the construction of the monument, surrounds the barrow mound. This feature has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature 4m wide. The barrow is not known to have been excavated. This barrow is one of a large group of similar monuments spread across the moor in this area.

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.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 21071

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Other
09127, North Yorkshire SMR (09127), (1990)

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