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Bowl barrow 100m east of Moor House Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Falsgrave Park, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2595 / 54°15'34"N

Longitude: -0.4277 / 0°25'39"W

OS Eastings: 502519.464515

OS Northings: 486015.068086

OS Grid: TA025860

Mapcode National: GBR TMG5.6V

Mapcode Global: WHGC6.D6LD

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 100m east of Moor House Farm

Scheduled Date: 5 August 1933

Last Amended: 9 August 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008134

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23834

County: North Yorkshire

Electoral Ward/Division: Falsgrave Park

Built-Up Area: Scarborough

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Seamer St Martin

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow, a member of a wider group of
similar monuments in this area of the North Yorkshire moors. The barrow mound
is 1.5m high and 20m in diameter. Although no longer visible at ground
level, a ditch, from which material was excavated during the construction of
the monument surrounds the barrow mound. This has become in-filled over the
years but survives as a buried feature 4m wide.
The barrow mound was excavated in 1848 by the antiquarian Lord Conyngham; he
found a triangular cist which contained two cremation urns. The mound has a
depression in its summit which marks the site of Conyngham's excavation. A
radio mast on a 0.5m square concrete base has been erected at the south-east
edge of the mound and concrete settings 0.3m square for bracing cables have
been inserted into the east and north-west edges of the mound. All are
excluded from the scheduling though the ground beneath is included.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Bowl barrows, the most numerous form of round barrow, are funerary monuments
dating from the Late Neolithic period to the Late Bronze Age, with most
examples belonging to the period 2400-1500 BC. They were constructed as
earthen or rubble mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered single or multiple
burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as cemeteries and often
acted as a focus for burials in later periods. Often superficially similar,
although differing widely in size, they exhibit regional variations in form
and a diversity of burial practices. There are over 10,000 surviving bowl
barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring
across most of lowland Britain. Often occupying prominent locations, they are
a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable
variation of form and longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisations amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of

Although this barrow has been partially excavated it survives reasonably well.
Further evidence of the structure of the mound, the surrounding ditch and
burials will survive.

Source: Historic England


9102.03, North Yorkshire SMR,

Source: Historic England

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