Round Barrow on Upsall Moor Known As Mount Pleasant
Cup And Ring Marked Stone
County Council (Unitary)
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
SE558558 (455820, 516530)
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A round barrow situated in a prominent position at the western end of the Eston Hills ridge. The barrow has an earth and stone mound standing up to 2 metres high. It is round in shape and 28 metres in diameter. In the centre of the mound there is a hollow caused by excavations in the past. Limited excavation by EW Sockett in 1949 showed that the barrow was originally structured around two circles of stones which defiend it and supported the mound. The inner circle was 9 metres in diameter and consisted of walling up to 1 metre high which included three vertical stone slabs on the north west side and a 2.5 metre gap on the south west side. The outer circle consisted of a kerb of stones 5 metres from the edge of the mound. Three stones belonging to the outer circle are visible on the surface of the mound. The 1949 excavation trenches were left open and stones from the inner circle are visible within them. Within the inner circle a large stone decorated with cup and ring marks was found covering sherds of Beaker pottery. Towards the edge of the mound on the east side the remains of a cist were found, consisting of stone slabs set into the mound. This would have surrounded a burial and been covered by stone slabs. Some of the vertical slabs are visible but most have been either taken away or buried by soil slipping from the edges of the excavation. Other finds include 14 pieces of worked flint and a blue Roman melon bead. The barrow lies in an area of extensive Bronze Age activity which includes many funerary monuments. Scheduled.
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