Miley Pike round barrow

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015954

Date first listed: 20-Nov-1970

Date of most recent amendment: 24-Sep-1997

Map

Ordnance survey map of Miley Pike round barrow
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Location

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

County: North Yorkshire

District: Hambleton (District Authority)

Parish: Osmotherley

County: North Yorkshire

District: Ryedale (District Authority)

Parish: Hawnby

National Park: NORTH YORK MOORS

National Grid Reference: SE 48767 96420

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 this barrow has survived well. Significant information about the original form of the barrow and the burials placed within it will be preserved. Evidence of earlier land use will also survive beneath the barrow mound. Together with adjacent barrows it is thought to represent a territorial marker. Similar groups of monuments are also known across the north 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, ritual and agricultural purposes in different geographical areas during the prehistoric period.

History

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Details

The monument includes a round barrow situated in a prominent position on the north edge of the Hambleton Hills overlooking Scugdale. The barrow has an earth and stone mound standing 1.5m high. It is round in shape and is 23m in diameter. In the centre of the mound are the stone foundations of a ruined shooting hut measuring 3.5m square. The mound was surrounded by a ditch up to 3m wide which has become filled in over the years and is no longer visible as an earthwork. It is one of many similar barrows on this area of the Hambleton Hills. Many of these lie in closely associated groups, particulary along the watersheds. They provide evidence of territorial organisation marking divisions of land, some of which still remain as parish or township boundaries.

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: 25511

Legacy System: RSM

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