Round barrow on Grimston Moor 655m north east of Grimston Grange
- 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 Grid Reference:
- SE 60936 74481
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
This barrow has survived well and so significant information about the structure of the mound, the surrounding ditch and the burials will be preserved. The barrow was also comparatively well documented during campaigns of fieldwork in the 19th century. The monument is one of a closely associated group of barrows in the vicinity. Similar groups of monuments are also known across the region and offer important scope for the study of burial practice in different geographical areas in the prehistoric period.
The monument includes a round barrow which is one of a number situated on the
crest of Grimston Moor.
The barrow has a sand and stone mound standing 1.2m high. It is round in shape
and 15m in diameter. The mound was surrounded by a quarry ditch up to 3m wide
which has become filled in over the years and is no longer visible as an
earthwork. The barrow was recorded and partly excavated by Canon Greenwell in
1864, when two cremation burials were revealed.
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.
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Books and journals
Kinnes, I A, Longworth, I H, The Greenwell Collection, (1985), 90-91
McElvaney, M, Howardian Hills AONB Historic Environment Study, (1994)
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