Round barrow 600m south west of Hob on the Hill

Overview

Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
1015987
Date first listed:
12-Jun-1997

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round barrow 600m south west of Hob on the Hill
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Location

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 Park:
NORTH YORK MOORS
National Grid Reference:
NZ 64198 12023

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.

The barrow is one of a number of similar monuments in the area. Such groups of barrows are also known across the north and central areas of the North York Moors, providing important insight into burial practice. Such groupings of barrows taken with other prehistoric monuments such as field systems and linear boundaries offer important scope for the study of the division and use of land for social, ritual and agricultural purposes in different geographical areas during the prehistoric period.

Details

The monument includes a round barrow situated on the north flank of North Ings Moor on the north of the North York Moors. The barrow has an earth and stone mound standing 0.5m high. It is round in shape and 5m in diameter. 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. The centre of the mound has been partly disturbed by investigations in the past. The barrow lies in an area containing other prehistoric monuments including groups of barrows, linear boundaries and field systems.

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:
29517
Legacy System:
RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Spratt, D A , 'Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology in North East Yorkshire' in Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology of North East Yorkshire, , Vol. BAR 104, (1993), 92-123

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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