Two round barrows at Seta Pike

Overview

Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
1008580
Date first listed:
20-Jul-1964
Date of most recent amendment:
16-Sep-1994

Map

Ordnance survey map of Two round barrows at Seta Pike
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Location

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

County:
North Yorkshire
District:
Hambleton (District Authority)
Parish:
Boltby
County:
North Yorkshire
District:
Hambleton (District Authority)
Parish:
Cowesby
County:
North Yorkshire
District:
Hambleton (District Authority)
Parish:
Kirby Knowle
National Park:
NORTH YORK MOORS
National Grid Reference:
SE 47763 88844

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.

Despite limited disturbance both these barrows have survived well. Significant information about the original form, burials placed within them and evidence of earlier land use beneath the mounds will be preserved. They are part of a group of barrows clustered on this part of the Hambleton Hills thought to mark a prehistoric boundary. Similar groups of monuments are also known across the north and central areas of the North York Moors providing important insight into burial practices. Such groupings of monuments 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.

Details

The monument includes two round barrows which lie 40m apart on an east-west orientation, situated in a prominent position on the west edge of the Hambleton Hills overlooking the Vale of the Ure. The eastern barrow has a well defined flat topped earth and stone mound standing 1.2m high. It is round in shape and is 9m in diameter. This mound has been dug into in the past leaving a slight hollow in the centre. A forest track passes the east of the ditch. There is a fence along the west side of the track. The western barrow has a well defined mound standing 0.6m high. It is round in shape and is 5m in diameter. Each of these mounds was encircled by a ditch up to 3m wide which has become filled in over the years and is no longer visible as an earthwork. This monument is one of many similar examples on this area of the Hambleton Hills. Many of these lie in closely associated groups, particulary along the watersheds. They provide evidence of territorial organisation marking divisions of land, divisions which still remain as some parish or township boundaries. The fence and the surface of the track are excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath is included.

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:
25516
Legacy System:
RSM

Sources

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)

Legal

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.

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