Round Barrow Cemetery
South of Rudston, East Riding of Yorkshire OS Map Ref TA09456558 Elevation: 91M OSD
OS Maps - Landranger 101 (Scarborough), Explorer 301 (Scarborough, Bridlington & Flamborough Head)
Large round barrow on the summit of Rudston Beacon.
is a hill to the south of Rudston village that seems to have
played an important part in the ritual landscape of the Great Wold Valley
and the Gypsey Race. Author and musician Julian Cope points to four clues,
the first in the name of the hill itself - the 'Beacon' would lead us
to assume the hills roll as a 'fire-hill'. Next he mentions the fact that
it is directly aligned with the former Argham
cursus which ran past the
henge at Little Argham
and almost to the Rudston monolith.
This is one of the four cursuses
in this landscape, the Beacon
cursus also roughly aligns with the Beacon for most of it length,
but skirts off at an angle at its southern extent to end on its eastern
slopes. Although the monolith in the village would have been clearly visible
from the hill (it is now obscured from the summit by a small copse of
trees) Julian proposes a third reason for the hills importance. He claims
that from Folkton Barrow at Kirkheads,
8 miles to the north a dip in the horizon allows a glimpse of the Beacon.
Finally he draws attention to the Roman road (Woldgate) that runs from
Kilham to Bridlington and passes over the summit of the hill as possible
evidence that the site still had meaning to the locals by the end of the
Age, and hence had to be stamped with Roman authority. This is a possibility,
although it could just have been the easiest and most direct route for
the road builders to take. Interestingly a Roman Villa also once stood
to the north of here, a short distance outside Rudston village.
Double cist found in a barrow on Rudston Beacon now relocated to Rudston Churchyard.
of the Rudston Landscape
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