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East Heslerton Brow barrow group: a bowl barrow 1.1km east of Manor Wold Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Sherburn, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.1654 / 54°9'55"N

Longitude: -0.5623 / 0°33'44"W

OS Eastings: 493964.131988

OS Northings: 475354.837936

OS Grid: SE939753

Mapcode National: GBR SNJ8.2K

Mapcode Global: WHGCJ.BKHL

Entry Name: East Heslerton Brow barrow group: a bowl barrow 1.1km east of Manor Wold Farm

Scheduled Date: 6 August 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011578

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20559

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Sherburn

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: West Heslerton All Saints

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a bowl barrow which is one of several barrows situated
on the northern edge of East Heslerton Wold. This bowl barrow lies 120m south
of a ploughed-out linear boundary dyke and 50m north of an earlier long
Although altered by agricultural activity, the barrow is still visible as a
chalky mound 1m high and 40m in diameter. The quarry ditch which surrounds the
barrow has been covered by the gradual spreading of the mound material but is
visible on aerial photographs and has a maximum diameter of 32m.

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 barrow has been partially altered by agricultural activity, it
survives as an earthwork and the infilled quarry ditch has been observed on
aerial photographs. As there is no evidence that the barrow has ever been
excavated, the infilled ditch and burials in deep grave pits will survive
The monument is one of a closely associated group of barrows which have
further associations with broadly contemporary boundary earthworks in the
vicinity of East Heslerton Wold. Similar groups of monuments are also known
from other parts of the Wolds and from the southern edge of the North York
Moors. Such associations between monuments offer important scope for the study
of the division of land for social, ritual and agricultural purposes in
different geographical areas during the Prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England


Stoertz, K, (1992)

Source: Historic England

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