Round barrow 140m west of Haugh Rigg

Overview

Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
1020230
Date first listed:
20-Mar-1967
Date of most recent amendment:
09-Apr-2001

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round barrow 140m west of Haugh Rigg
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Location

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

County:
North Yorkshire
District:
Ryedale (District Authority)
Parish:
Pickering
National Grid Reference:
SE 79959 89137

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.

Although reduced by agricultural activity the round barrow 140m west of Haugh Rigg has survived well. Significant information about the original form of the barrow, the burials placed within it and the relationship with other monuments in the area will be preserved. Evidence of earlier land use will also survive beneath the barrow mound.

Details

The monument includes a round barrow situated in a prominant position on the southern slopes of the North York Moors overlooking the Vale of Pickering. It is known from archaeological evidence that the southern flanks of the moors were extensively used in the prehistoric period for agricultural and ritual purposes. Remains of these activities survive today. The barrow originally had an earth and stone mound, shown on a map in 1928 to be approximately 30m in diameter. Although subsequently reduced by agricultural activity the remains can still be seen as a low mound measuring 0.3m in height. The mound was surrounded by a ditch up to 3m wide which has been filled in and is no longer visible as an earthwork but will survive as a buried feature.

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

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

Legacy System number:
34811
Legacy System:
RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Smith, M J B, Excavated Bronze Age Burial Mounds of North East Yorkshire, (1997), 9-18

Legal

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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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