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Round barrow on Ugthorpe Moor, 200m south west of High Park Farm

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 Ugthorpe Moor, 200m south west of High Park Farm

List entry Number: 1016544

Location

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

County: North Yorkshire

District: Scarborough

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Ugthorpe

National Park: NORTH YORK MOORS

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 20-May-1963

Date of most recent amendment: 02-Jul-1999

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 32484

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.

The importance of the round barrow on Ugthorpe Moor, 200m south west of High Park Farm is enhanced by its spatial association with three other surviving round barrows. Together with other barrows in the area, it is thought to represent a territorial marker. 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 land division for social and ritual purposes in different geographical areas during the prehistoric period. The barrow was originally in a group of at least ten burial monuments, of which there are seven surviving. Such clusters provide important insight into the development of ritual and funerary practice during the Bronze Age.

History

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Details

The monument includes a round barrow situated in a prominent position at the north edge of the North York Moors. The barrow has an earth and stone mound which has been spread by ploughing. It is up to 23m in diameter and stands up to 0.4m high. The barrow lies in an area where there are many other ritual and funerary monuments dating to the prehistoric period. A fence line runs north east to south west across the north west edge of the mound and a public road runs parallel to it to the immediate north west of the mound. The fence is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath the fence posts is included.

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), 77-79
Spratt, D A , 'Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology in North East Yorkshire' in Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology of North East Yorkshire, , Vol. 87, (1993)

National Grid Reference: NZ7826210445

Map

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