Round barrow 200m east of White Gill
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- North Yorkshire
- Ryedale (District Authority)
- National Park:
- NORTH YORK MOORS
- National Grid Reference:
- SE 49206 92916
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
Despite limited disturbance this barrow has survived well. Significant information about the original form, burials placed within it and evidence of earlier land use beneath the mound will be preserved. The well defined shallow ditch is partially infilled and the earliest deposits will contain important archaeological material. Together with adjacent barrows it is thought to mark a prehistoric boundary in this area. Similar groups of monuments are also known across the north and central areas of the North York Moors providing important insights into burial practice. Such groupings of monuments also offer important scope for the study of the division of land for social, ritual and agricultural purposes in different geographical areas during the prehistoric period.
The monument includes a round barrow situated in a prominent position on the
western edge of the Hambleton Hills overlooking the vale of the Ure. The
barrow is one of many similar monuments on the Hambleton Hills.
The barrow has a well defined flat topped earth and stone mound standing 1.52m
high. It is round in shape and 10m in diameter with a pronounced ditch around
it. The ditch is 3m wide and a maximum of 0.75m deep. The mound has been
disturbed in the past by the digging of a hole in the centre and by small
trenches in both the northern and southern sides. Soil dug out from these
trenches has partially infilled the ditch at these points.
It is one of many similar barrows on this area of the Hambleton Hills. Many of
these lie in groups, particularly along the watersheds. They provide evidence
of territorial organisation marking the division of land; divisions which
still remain as some parish or township boundaries.
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.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
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Books and journals
Spratt, D A , 'Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology in North East Yorkshire' in Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology of North East Yorkshire, , Vol. BAR 104, (1993)
This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing