Round barrow on Maw Rigg, 1.5km south west of High Langdale End


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1019630

Date first listed: 24-Nov-2000


Ordnance survey map of Round barrow on Maw Rigg, 1.5km south west of High Langdale End
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: North Yorkshire

District: Scarborough (District Authority)

Parish: Darncombe-cum-Langdale End


National Grid Reference: SE 91685 94337


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Reasons for Designation

Round barrows 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 mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered single or multiple burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as cemeteries and often acted as a focus of 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 examples recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring across most of Britain, including the Wessex area where it is often possible to classify them more closely, for example as bowl or bell barrows. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable variation in 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, the round barrow on Maw Rigg, 1.5km west of High Langdale End has survived well. Significant information about the original form of the barrow and the burials placed within it will be preserved. Evidence for earlier land use and the contemporary environment will also survive beneath the barrow mound. The barrow lies close to a cairnfield in an area where there are many other prehistoric burial monuments. Associations such as this offer important scope for the study of the relationship between agricultural and ritual activity in the prehistoric period.


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The monument includes a round barrow situated on level ground at the top of a sandstone ridge in Langdale Forest. The barrow has an earth and stone mound which stands up to 1m high and measures up to 12m in diameter. The centre of the mound has been hollowed out by partial excavation in the past. The barrow was originally surrounded by a kerb of stones which defined it and supported the mound. However, over the years many of these stones have been taken away or buried by soil slipping off the mound and they are only visible now around the north eastern edge. The barrow lies in an area where there are many other prehistoric burial monuments as well as field systems and clearance cairns.

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.


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Legacy System number: 34559

Legacy System: RSM


Title: Forestry Commission Areas North York Moors Archaeological Survey Source Date: 1992 Author: Publisher: Surveyor: Sites 2.136 and 2.137
Title: Ordnance Survey 2nd Edition 25" sheet 61/16 Source Date: 1892 Author: Publisher: Surveyor:

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