Round barrow 780m north west of Cockmoor Hall

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1020756

Date first listed: 24-Jul-2002

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round barrow 780m north west of Cockmoor Hall
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Location

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

County: North Yorkshire

District: Scarborough (District Authority)

Parish: Snainton

National Park: NORTH YORK MOORS

National Grid Reference: SE 90658 87075

Summary

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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 780m north of Cockmoor Hall 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 in an area where there are many other burial monuments, as well as a concentration of prehistoric land boundaries. The relationships between these monuments are important for understanding the division and use of the landscape for social, ritual and agricultural purposes during the later prehistoric period.

History

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Details

The monument includes a round barrow which is situated in a prominent position on the central plateau of the Tabular Hills, towards the top of a gentle north-facing slope overlooking Troutsdale.

The barrow has an earthen mound which stands up to 1m high and has a maximum diameter of 12m. Partial excavation in the past has left a linear hollow running east to west across the centre of the mound. The mound was originally surrounded by a ditch up to 2m wide but this has become filled in over the years by soil slipping from the mound and is only visible now as a slight depression around the eastern and southern sides. The barrow lies in an area where there are many other burial monuments as well as the remains of prehistoric land division.

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: 35438

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Northern Archaeological Associates, , North York Moors Forest Survey Phase Two, (1996)

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