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Seaty Hill round cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Malham, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.0843 / 54°5'3"N

Longitude: -2.1438 / 2°8'37"W

OS Eastings: 390692.279991

OS Northings: 465389.891123

OS Grid: SD906653

Mapcode National: GBR FPG6.PM

Mapcode Global: WHB6M.1LFQ

Entry Name: Seaty Hill round cairn

Scheduled Date: 6 February 1964

Last Amended: 16 February 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010444

English Heritage Legacy ID: 24493

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Malham

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Kirkby-in-Malhamdale St Michael the Archangel

Church of England Diocese: Leeds


The monument is situated in a prominent position on the summit of Seaty Hill.
It includes a sub-circular stony mound with a diameter of 20m and height of
1.1m surrounded by a shallow ditch and bank. The ditch is 2m wide and 0.2m-
0.3m deep with a causeway 3m wide on the north west side. The outer bank is
most discernible on the south and south west sides.
The mound itself is uneven, having been partially disturbed by excavation
which recovered Early Bronze Age and Iron Age burials. The monument has a
diameter of 22.5m.

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 monument, although partially disturbed by excavation, is still a well
preserved example containing further archaeological remains.

Source: Historic England

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