Round Barrow, Live Moor

A new plaque has been fixed to a stone by the National Park asking visitors not to disturb the Bronze Age burial mound on Live Moor near Whorlton. Not to remove or add stones to the cairn. The custom has developed amongst walkers and ramblers to add a stone or two to piles of stones as they pass or rest. New cairns are started with stones were being taken from the prehistoric round barrows destroying any archaeology that could still be there. The path across Live Moor is very popular and includes sections of the Cleveland Way and Coast to Coast long distance trails. The National Park has had to deconstruct one walkers’ cairn nearby on Live Moor and has carried out remedial work on this barrow. The ridges and skylines of the North York Moors are scattered with Round Barrows, often called howes. 4,000 years old, some may well be territorial boundary markers but out of 200 that have been excavated, many by Victorian antiquarians using unsophisticated techniques, 80% contained Bronze Age pottery and 60% cremated human bone fragments. Occasionally bronze artefacts have also been found.
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2 Replies to “Round Barrow, Live Moor”

  1. Hi Mick – Hope you’re well. This page came up when I was looking for more information about the archaeology of Beacon Moor (correct name?) above Upleatham/Errington Woods. Living in Saltburn mean its an area that Glynis and I are often at and I’m always intrigued by the views and the character of the spot. Its a sort of twin to Eston Nab. Anyway just wondered if you’ve got any info on it or know of likely sources for further info?
    John Price

  2. Hi John, trust you are well. I haven’t heard of anything interesting about Beacon Moor. The nearest barrows listed on the Historic England website are ½ mile or so west, at the top of Patterson’s Bank, https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1018659

    The Tees Archaeology might have more info but the website map is not very good (at least I can’t get any joy out of it. I think they ran out of money). http://www.teesarchaeology.com/home/home.html if you want to try.

    The Historic England link above refers to two books. I have a copy of Spratts and he mentions some finds around Upleatham :
    NZ 636201 Ploughed microliths, scrapers, cores
    NZ 622199 Ploughed site, incomplete; microliths, scrapers, cores
    NZ 636201 Leaf-shaped arrowhead
    NZ 624202 Cup and ring stone

    Hope this helps, Mick

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