Long Barrow on Newton Mulgrave Moor, 250m East of Birchdale House
North Yorkshire County Council
Scarborough Borough Council
Scarborough and Whitby
SE776776 (477613, 514328)
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A Neolithic long barrow situated on Newton Mulgrave Moor, on the edge of the North York Moors. The barrow has an earth and stone mound which is ovoid in shape, with its long axis orientated ESE to WNW. The mound measures 36 metres in length and is 13 metres wide at the west end and 20 metres wide at the east end. It stands up to 2.6 metres high at the east end, with the top sloping towards the west. On the top of the mound and on the north side there are a number of small hollows caused by the robbing of stone from the fabric of the mound. Originally the mound would have been narrower and trapezoidal in shape with flanking quarry ditches up to 3 metres wide along its north and south edges. However, over the years erosion and stone robbing have resulted in a more rounded shape and soil has slipped from the mound, increasing its width and burying the quarry ditches which are no longer visible as earthworks. There would also have been a forecourt area up to 10 metres wide in front of the east end of the mound where rituals connected with the use of the barrow would have taken place. There is nothing of this visible now, but archaeological remains will survive as subsoil features. Scheduled.
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