Round barrows on Wharram Percy Wold

North Yorkshire

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Crouched Inhumation

Data Source

English Heritage

County Council

North Yorkshire County Council

District Council

Ryedale District Council



Parliamentary Constituency

Thirsk and Malton

Grid Reference

SE872872 (487244, 463767)

WGS84 Coordinates

54.0623, -0.666881

Nearest Postcode

YO17 9TD

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A round barrow, extant now as only a slight ground swelling. When excavated in 1866 by Mortimer, it was visible as an oval mound measuring circa 92 feet by 76 feet, orientated east-west, and standing just 18 inches high, having already suffered somewhat from ploughing. Mortimer described finding a scatter of human remains, flints, and potsherds (Food Vessel and Beaker) on the original ground surface beneath the mound in a roughly central position. A few feet north of the centre he found a grave or pit containing a crouched inhumation with a Food Vessel. In the fill above were further human and animal bones. Another crouched inhumation with a series of flint implements placed behind the head appears to have been within the same pit. To the west, a shallow feature circa 2.5 feet across contained burnt earth and ashes. Bones and flints, the latter including a leaf-shaped arrowhead, occurred in the mound.

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