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Long Roods round barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Halton West, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 53.985 / 53°59'6"N

Longitude: -2.2254 / 2°13'31"W

OS Eastings: 385312.909447

OS Northings: 454352.197767

OS Grid: SD853543

Mapcode National: GBR DQWC.Z7

Mapcode Global: WHB74.S3GB

Entry Name: Long Roods round barrow

Scheduled Date: 23 October 1973

Last Amended: 16 February 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010445

English Heritage Legacy ID: 24494

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Halton West

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Hellifield St Aidan

Church of England Diocese: Leeds


This substantial monument is situated on a slight hill above the River Ribble.
It includes a mound 4.5m high and with a diameter of 25m. The mound is
composed of stones and is now turf covered although some stones are still
exposed. It has been reduced in height on its south side by disturbance which
has left a deep depression. The mound was originally surrounded by a ditch 2m
wide. This has become infilled over the years and is no longer visible as an

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

Although this monument has been disturbed at some time in the past it
still remains a well preserved example containing archaeological remains.

Source: Historic England

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