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Bowl barrow 550m north-west of Court Green Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Guisborough, Redcar and Cleveland

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Latitude: 54.5591 / 54°33'32"N

Longitude: -1.0895 / 1°5'22"W

OS Eastings: 458979.437404

OS Northings: 518582.230195

OS Grid: NZ589185

Mapcode National: GBR NHTQ.XH

Mapcode Global: WHF86.7NGT

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 550m north-west of Court Green Farm

Scheduled Date: 17 February 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011280

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20858

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


The monument includes a bowl barrow of Bronze Age date situated below the top
of a hill near the edge of a scarp. The barrow mound measures 12m across and
survives to a height of 60cm. The surrounding ditch, dug to provide the
material to build the mound, is no longer visible at ground level but it
survives as a buried feature measuring 2m across.

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 barrow survives well and the archaeological deposits will be 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.
Additionally, evidence relating to the Bronze Age environment around the
monument and of the wider landscape will also survive. The importance of this
monument is increased because of the survival of contemporary barrows in the
vicinity; such evidence provides a clear indication of the extent of Bronze
Age settlement and activity in the area.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Vyner, B E, 'Yorkshire Archaeological Journal' in Bronze Age activity on the Eston Hills, Cleveland, , Vol. 63, (1991), 25-49
No. 0527, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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