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Round barrow on Dunsley Moor, 800m south west of Skelder Cottage

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: Round barrow on Dunsley Moor, 800m south west of Skelder Cottage

List entry Number: 1016531

Location

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

County: North Yorkshire

District: Scarborough

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Egton

National Park: NORTH YORK MOORS

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 06-Jul-1934

Date of most recent amendment: 02-Jul-1999

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 33441

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 disturbance by ploughing the round barrow on Dunsley Moor, 800m south west of Skelder Cottage will retain archaeological remains such as evidence for earlier land use beneath the plough soil. Together with other burial monuments in the area this barrow is thought to represent a territorial marker. Similar monument groups are known across the west and central areas of the North York Moors and provide valuable insight into burial practice and land division for social and ritual purposes.

History

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Details

The monument includes a round barrow situated on a gentle south east facing slope at the north edge of the North Yorks Moors. In 1934 the barrow had a mound up to 16m in diameter but it has since been further levelled by ploughing. Although it is no longer visible as an earthwork it will retain archaeological remains below ground. The barrow lies in an area rich in prehistoric monuments including further barrows with which it is associated and which are the subject of separate schedulings.

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
Smith, M J B, Excavated Bronze Age Burial Mounds of Durham and N' land., (1994), 85
Other
Charlesworth, D, AM7, (1962)

National Grid Reference: NZ8394708604

Map

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