Bronze Age Barrow Cemetery
East of Acklam Village, North Yorkshire OS Map Ref SE79636231
OS Maps - Landranger 100 (Malton & Pickering), Explorer 300 (Howardian Hills & Malton)
The two barrows behind a farm building at roughly SE796623
This Bronze Age Round Barrow cemetery was extensively documented in the 19th century when 17 barrows were recorded and excavated by the Yorkshire Antiquarian Club during the middle of the century and then by JR Mortimer in the 1870s. All the barrows were found to contain either cremations or inhumations of men, women and children. Grave goods recovered during the excavations included an 18.5 centimeter white flint dagger, a 12.7 centimeter bronze dagger, beakers, jet buttons, amber buttons and a jet ring. There is now little to see of the cemetery at Acklam Wold as most of the barrows have been ploughed away although there are two reasonably well preserved bowl barrows behind some farm buildings. One is around 40 metres in diameter and about a metre and a half high and stands on the highest point of Acklam Wold while nearby the other barrow is about half the size and height and now has a triangulation pillar on top of it.
Just a little further down the road towards Acklam there are some fantastic views - the land drops away to reveal Leavening Brow to the northwest and views to the Derwent in the west and it could be that these views may have been important in the choice of location for the barrow cemetery.
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