Four round barrows 420m north of North Ings


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015397

Date first listed: 26-Jul-1976

Date of most recent amendment: 31-Jan-1997


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

County: North Yorkshire

District: Scarborough (District Authority)

Parish: Commondale


National Grid Reference: NZ 64805 11521


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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.

Despite limited disturbance, these barrows have survived well. Significant information about the original form of the barrows and the burials placed within them will be preserved. Evidence of earlier land use will also survive beneath the barrow mounds. Similar groups of monuments are also known across the west and central areas of the North York Moors, providing important insight into burial practice. Such groupings of monuments offer important scope for the study of the division of land for social and ritual purposes in different geographical areas during the prehistoric period.


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The monument includes four round barrows situated on the west flank of Selderskew Moor. Three of the barrows lie in a line, east to west and up to 30m apart with the fourth barrow being located 30m to the north. All of the barrows have an earth and stone mound, and each was originally surrounded by a kerb of stones which defined the barrow and supported the mound. However, none of these stones are now visible as over the years they have been taken away or been buried by soil slipping off the mounds. The western mound is flat topped and stands 0.5m high and is 7m in diameter, the central mound is 0.8m high and 12m in diameter and the eastern mound is 0.75m high and 5m in diameter. The northern mound is 0.5m high and 5m in diameter. In the centre of each mound is a hollow created when the mound was excavated in the past. The barrows lie in an area rich in prehistoric monuments, including further barrows, field systems and clearance cairns.

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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Legacy System number: 28277

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Elgee, F, Early Man in NE Yorkshire, (1930), 148
Elgee, F, Early Man in NE Yorkshire, (1930), 148#
Elgee, F, Early Man in NE Yorkshire, (1930), 148

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