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Robbed Howe bowl barrow, 500m north of Robbed Howe Slacks on Sneaton High Moor

A Scheduled Monument in Eskdaleside cum Ugglebarnby, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.4057 / 54°24'20"N

Longitude: -0.6635 / 0°39'48"W

OS Eastings: 486849.719566

OS Northings: 501957.988393

OS Grid: NZ868019

Mapcode National: GBR RKTH.4G

Mapcode Global: WHGB9.SJ7D

Entry Name: Robbed Howe bowl barrow, 500m north of Robbed Howe Slacks on Sneaton High Moor

Scheduled Date: 26 January 1938

Last Amended: 30 December 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009852

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25647

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Eskdaleside cum Ugglebarnby

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Goathland St Mary

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a bowl barrow known as Robbed Howe which is one of a
group of bowl barrows on Widow Howe Moor, part of Sneaton High Moor.
The mound stands 0.45m high and measures 13m in diameter at the base. The top
has been hollowed and a boundary stone inserted in the hollow. The mound was
constructed of earth and stone and has been partially disturbed by the later
insertion of a boundary stone.

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

Robbed Howe bowl barrow survives as a mound with a boundary stone inserted in
the top. Although partly disturbed by this later activity it still contains
archaeological remains and can be considered in the context of the scatter of
barrows on Sneaton High Moor.

Source: Historic England

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