Burtree Hill round barrow

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009786

Date first listed: 23-Mar-1927

Date of most recent amendment: 15-Feb-1995

Map

Ordnance survey map of Burtree Hill round barrow
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Location

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County: North Yorkshire

District: Harrogate (District Authority)

Parish: Hutton Conyers

National Grid Reference: SE 35298 74328

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 barrow has survived well and has a well defined mound, retaining the conditions for the preservation of features within and beneath it. Significant information about the original form, burials placed within it and evidence of earlier land use beneath the mound will be preserved. The monument is one of a group of closely associated barrows which are in turn associated with two earlier henge monuments. Similar associations between such monuments are known elsewhere in this part of the Vale of Mowbray. Such associations offer important scope for study of the development of burial practice and of continuity of use of ritual sites in the prehistoric period.

History

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Details

The monument includes a round barrow situated on undulating ground in the Vale of Mowbray. The barrow is a prominent earthen mound standing 2m high. It is round in shape and is 20m in diameter. The mound was surrounded by a ditch up to 3m wide which has become filled in over the years and is no longer visible as an earthwork. It is one of a closely associated group of barrows grouped around two earlier henge monuments. The wall crossing the eastern edge of the ditch is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath this feature 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

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Legacy System number: 25575

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Other
Manby T G, The Lowlands and eastern Foothills, 1993,

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