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Bowl barrow 450m north-west of High Court Green

A Scheduled Monument in Guisborough, Redcar and Cleveland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.5536 / 54°33'13"N

Longitude: -1.1061 / 1°6'21"W

OS Eastings: 457914.037268

OS Northings: 517964.265561

OS Grid: NZ579179

Mapcode National: GBR NHQS.BF

Mapcode Global: WHD71.ZSGZ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 450m north-west of High Court Green

Scheduled Date: 17 February 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011274

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20871

County: Redcar and Cleveland

Civil Parish: Guisborough

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Wilton St Cuthbert

Church of England Diocese: York

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow of Bronze Age date situated in a
coniferous plantation on a flat, south-facing terrace. The mound measures 13m
in diameter and survives to a height of 1m. The surrounding ditch, dug to
provide the material to build the mound, is no longer visible at ground level
but survives as a buried feature measuring 2m across.

MAP EXTRACT
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
protection.

The barrow is well preserved and the archaeological deposits survive
undisturbed. Evidence of the manner of construction, and the nature and
duration of use will be preserved within and beneath the mound and within the
ditch. Evidence relating to the Bronze Age environment around the monument and
of the wider landscape will also be likely to survive. The importance of this
monument is increased because of the survival of contemporary barrows, of
similar and different form, in the vicinity; such evidence provides a clear
indication of the extent of Bronze Age settlement and activity in the area.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Vyner, B E, 'Yorkshire Archaeological Journal' in Bronze Age activity on the Eston Hills, Cleveland, , Vol. 63, (1991), 47
Other
No. 0172,

Source: Historic England

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