Two round barrows 600m NNE of the north east corner of North Ings Plantation

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015406

Date first listed: 20-Mar-1997

Map

Ordnance survey map of Two round barrows 600m NNE of the north east corner of North Ings Plantation
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Location

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County: North Yorkshire

District: Scarborough (District Authority)

Parish: Commondale

National Park: NORTH YORK MOORS

National Grid Reference: NZ 64597 12171

Summary

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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 Skelderskew Moor in the northern part of the North York Moors. The barrows lie close together, one being 20m north east 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 south western barrow stands 0.7m high and is 6m in diameter. There are kerb stones visible on the south east side of the mound. The north eastern 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.

Legacy

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Legacy System number: 28288

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Elgee, F, Early Man in NE Yorkshire, (1930), 148
Elgee, F, Early Man in NE Yorkshire, (1930), 148
Spratt, D A , 'Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology in North East Yorkshire' in Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology of North East Yorkshire, , Vol. BAR 104, (1993), 91-116

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