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Round barrow 120m south of Low Barn

A Scheduled Monument in Copt Hewick, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.1513 / 54°9'4"N

Longitude: -1.4583 / 1°27'29"W

OS Eastings: 435477.970967

OS Northings: 472963.049978

OS Grid: SE354729

Mapcode National: GBR LN8F.2N

Mapcode Global: WHD8T.KXSF

Entry Name: Round barrow 120m south of Low Barn

Scheduled Date: 6 January 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009791

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25581

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Copt Hewick

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Sharow with Copt Hewick and Marton-le-Moor

Church of England Diocese: Leeds


The monument includes a round barrow situated on undulating ground in the Vale
of Mowbray.
Although altered by agricultural activity this barrow is visible as a slight
mound standing 0.5m high. It is round in shape and 26m in diameter. The mound
was surrounded by a ditch up to 3m wide which has become filled in over the
years and is no longer visible as an earthwork.
The monument is one of a closely associated group of barrows grouped around
two earlier henge monuments.

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 altered by agricultural activity, it
is clearly visible as a mound, retaining conditions for the preservation of
features within and beneath the mound. Significant information about the
original form, burials placed within it, and evidence of earlier land use
beneath the mound will be preserved.
The monument is one of a group of closely associated barrows which are in turn
associated with two earlier henge monuments. Similar associations between such
monuments are known elsewhere in the area. Such associations offer important
scope for the study of the development of burial practice and of continuity of
use at ritual sites in the prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England


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Source: Historic England

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