Round barrow 250m west of Wallerthwaite

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1017658

Date first listed: 27-Oct-1970

Date of most recent amendment: 08-Dec-1997

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round barrow 250m west of Wallerthwaite
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Location

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

County: North Yorkshire

District: Harrogate (District Authority)

Parish: Markington with Wallerthwaite

National Grid Reference: SE 29194 64982

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.

This barrow has survived well, so 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 monument offers important scope for the study social and ritual activities in the region during the prehistoric period.

History

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Details

The monument includes a round barrow situated on undulating land south of the village of Markington. The barrow has an earth and stone mound standing 2.5m high. It is round in shape and measures 30m in diameter. The mound was surrounded by a ditch up to 3m wide which has been filled in and is no longer visible as an earthwork.

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: 29536

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Other
FMW s, AM 107 Reports, (1984)

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