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Foster Howes bowl barrow (central) on Sneaton High Moor

A Scheduled Monument in Sneaton, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.3969 / 54°23'48"N

Longitude: -0.6546 / 0°39'16"W

OS Eastings: 487447.78764

OS Northings: 500990.721196

OS Grid: NZ874009

Mapcode National: GBR RKWL.2L

Mapcode Global: WHGB9.XRG4

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

Scheduled Date: 26 January 1938

Last Amended: 30 December 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009854

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25649

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Sneaton

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 which is the central barrow in a line of
three on Sneaton High Moor.
The mound is 1.75m high and measures 20m in diameter. There are traces of a
ditch 2m wide on the circumference of the base. The top of the mound has been
excavated to leave a hollow 5.5m wide and 0.8m deep.
In the hollow there is a boundary stone, now recumbent, which was set in the
top of the mound.

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 central barrow of Foster Howes survives well in spite of the evidence of
robbery shown by the hollow in the top. It contains further archaeological

Source: Historic England

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