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Two round barrows 250m west of the western edge of North Ings Plantation

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Two round barrows 250m west of the western edge of North Ings Plantation

List entry Number: 1015399

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: North Yorkshire

District: Scarborough

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Commondale

National Park: NORTH YORK MOORS

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 26-Jul-1976

Date of most recent amendment: 20-Mar-1997

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 28280

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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. The barrows are part of a wider group of monuments in the area. 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.

History

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Details

The monument includes two round barrows situated on the west flank of Commondale Moor in the northern area of the North York Moors. The barrows lie adjacently, one being north west of the other. Both 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, over the years some of the stones have been taken away or been buried by soil slipping off the mounds. The north western barrow stands 1m high and is 12m in diameter. The remains of a shooting butt built into the north side of the cairn are included in the scheduling. The southern barrow mound is 6m in diameter and stands 0.75m high. In the centre of both mounds is a hollow dug 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.

Selected Sources

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

National Grid Reference: NZ 63891 11127

Map

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