Round barrow on Sleights Pasture
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1010443
Date first listed: 20-May-1963
Date of most recent amendment: 20-Feb-1995
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
County: North Yorkshire
District: Craven (District Authority)
National Park: YORKSHIRE DALES
National Grid Reference: SD 75681 78370
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
Although the monument has been partially disturbed it is still an important example containing further archaeological remains.
The monument is situated on the edge of a limestone terrace which forms a
natural bank on the west side. The barrow mound measures 24m in diameter and
reaches a height of 1.5m and, although much robbed and disturbed, is still
very impressive. It is surrounded by traces of a ditch 2m wide and an outer
kerb which on the north side includes large blocks of stone up to 0.9m long
and standing 0.5m high. The stones in the outer banks and in the west face of
the remaining portion of the mound are still exposed; the rest of the monument
is covered with rough grass. Linear banks are discernible radiating from the
cairn in various directions, mostly discontinuous. The best preserved linear
bank abuts the barrow on its west side and runs due north-south for 36m. It is
6m wide, grass covered but with stones showing. The exact function of these
linear banks and their relationship to the barrow are not yet fully understood
and hence they are not included in the scheduling.
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.
Legacy System number: 24492
Legacy System: RSM
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