Round barrow 550m west of South Moor Farm
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1020519
Date first listed: 22-Jan-1969
Date of most recent amendment: 11-Feb-2002
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
County: North Yorkshire
District: Ryedale (District Authority)
National Park: NORTH YORK MOORS
National Grid Reference: SE 89955 90218
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
The round barrow 550m west of South Moor Farm survives well. Despite the disturbance to the barrow significant information about its original form and the burial placed within it will be preserved. Evidence for earlier land use and the contemporary environment will also survive beneath the barrow mound.
The monument includes a round barrow located 10m to the south of an east-west
orientated footpath on level ground, situated on Passage Beds towards the
southern edge of the Tabular Hills. The stone and earth mound of the barrow
is 16m in diameter and stands 1.8m high. A steeply-sided, centrally placed
depression, measuring 7m in diameter and 1m deep is thought to be the result
of an unrecorded excavation in the past.
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.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: 34609
Legacy System: RSM
Books and journals
Dalby Forest Survey, (1996)
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.
End of official listing