Round barrow 170m north of Wool Knoll

Overview

Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
1013548
Date first listed:
19-Jan-1967
Date of most recent amendment:
08-Dec-1995

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round barrow 170m north of Wool Knoll
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Location

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

County:
North Yorkshire
District:
Ryedale (District Authority)
Parish:
Hovingham
National Grid Reference:
SE 65072 74896

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 survives well and significant information about the structure of the mound, the surrounding ditch and the burials will be preserved. 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

Details

The monument includes a round barrow which is one of a number situated in Hovingham High Wood. The barrow has an earth and stone mound standing 1.8m high. Originally round in shape, it has been altered by agricultural activity and is now elongated and measures 25m by 20m. 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.

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:
26980
Legacy System:
RSM

Sources

Other
McElvaney, M, Howardian Hills AONB Historic Environment Study, (1994)

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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