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Bowl barrow known as Brown Rigg Howe on Beacon Hill, Danby, together with a searchlight emplacement upon it

A Scheduled Monument in Glaisdale, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.4754 / 54°28'31"N

Longitude: -0.8509 / 0°51'3"W

OS Eastings: 474559.270847

OS Northings: 509500.043641

OS Grid: NZ745095

Mapcode National: GBR QJHP.LG

Mapcode Global: WHF8P.WRZY

Entry Name: Bowl barrow known as Brown Rigg Howe on Beacon Hill, Danby, together with a searchlight emplacement upon it

Scheduled Date: 9 January 1963

Last Amended: 16 February 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010078

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25657

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Glaisdale

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Glaisdale St Thomas

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a bowl barrow known as Brown Rigg Howe on Beacon
Hill, Danby. Inserted into the top of the mound is a World War II searchlight

The barrow mound stands 1.5m high and measures 16m in diameter. It was
constructed of earth and stone. Inserted into the top of the mound is a
concrete platform, still visible beneath the overgrowth on the south east side
and a metal plate bolted into it in the centre 0.9m square. Four triangular
plates at each quadrant, 1m from this plate, are the foundations for a
circular monorail which is now missing.

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 bowl barrow known as Brown Rigg Howe survives well in spite of the
intrusion of the concrete emplacement on its top. The concrete offers good
protection for the remains below.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Hayes, R H, Old Roads and Pannierways in North East Yorkshire, (1988), 22

Source: Historic England

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