Round barrow 150m south of Thirley Beck Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1019774

Date first listed: 25-Nov-1969

Date of most recent amendment: 09-Feb-2001


Ordnance survey map of Round barrow 150m south of Thirley Beck Farm
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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: Harwood Dale


National Grid Reference: SE 98432 94625


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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 disturbance, the round barrow 150m south of Thirley Beck Farm has surviving archaeological deposits which will preserve significant information about the original form of the barrow and the burials placed within it. Evidence for earlier land use and the contemporary environment will also survive beneath the barrow mound. The barrow is particularly important since it is one of only a few barrows in the North York Moors area to survive as an earthwork in a valley bottom location; the majority of upstanding barrows are situated on the higher ground of the surrounding moorlands. It lies in an area where there are many other prehistoric burial monuments. The association with similar monuments provides insight into the distribution of ritual and funerary activity across different topographical zones of the landscape during the prehistoric period.


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The monument includes a round barrow which occupies a prominent position on a slight rise in the centre of Harwood Dale. It is situated on the boulder clay towards the eastern edge of the North York Moors. The barrow has an earthen mound which stands up to 0.4m high. Formerly it had a diameter of 30m, but this has been reduced by ploughing over the years so that now it measures no more than 15m. The full extent of the original mound is included as significant remains will survive below ground. The barrow lies in an area where there are many other prehistoric monuments, including further barrows 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: 34569

Legacy System: RSM


Craster, OE, AM7, (1969)
Title: Forestry Commission Areas North York Moors Archaeological Survey Source Date: 1992 Author: Publisher: Surveyor:
Title: Ordnance Survey 2nd Edition 25" sheet 62/14 Source Date: 1928 Author: Publisher: Surveyor:

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