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Foster Howes bowl barrow (north) on Sneaton High Moor

A Scheduled Monument in Sneaton, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.3972 / 54°23'49"N

Longitude: -0.6547 / 0°39'17"W

OS Eastings: 487436.978442

OS Northings: 501020.105478

OS Grid: NZ874010

Mapcode National: GBR RKWL.1H

Mapcode Global: WHGB9.XQDY

Entry Name: Foster Howes bowl barrow (north) on Sneaton High Moor

Scheduled Date: 27 February 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009853

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25648

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Sneaton

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Sneaton St Hilda

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a bowl barrow which is the northern one of a group of
three known as Foster Howes on Sneaton High Moor.
The mound is composed of soil and stones and is presently 0.75m high and 12m
in diameter. There are traces of a ditch around the mound visible on the south
side. The ditch is 2m wide where visible.
The top of the mound has been excavated leaving a hollow.

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

The northern barrow of the three known as Foster Howes survives well in spite
of the evidence of robbery shown by the crater in the top of the mound. There
will still be valuable archaeological deposits in the structure.

Source: Historic England

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