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Bowl barrow 300m north east of the junction of the A171 and the road leading to Fylingthorpe

A Scheduled Monument in Fylingdales, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.43 / 54°25'47"N

Longitude: -0.576 / 0°34'33"W

OS Eastings: 492474.747493

OS Northings: 504774.270141

OS Grid: NZ924047

Mapcode National: GBR SKF6.3R

Mapcode Global: WHGB5.3XZ8

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 300m north east of the junction of the A171 and the road leading to Fylingthorpe

Scheduled Date: 15 November 1934

Last Amended: 8 August 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011960

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25676

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Fylingdales

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Fylingdales St Stephen

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a bowl barrow standing on heathland with open access
100m east of the A171.
The mound is 1.25m high and measures 16m across. The south side has been
clipped by a trackway for wheeled vehicles and this has damaged a 1m slice of
the construction. The barrow has been excavated at some time in the past. The
mound is constructed of earth or turf.
This mound is larger than is normal in the group of barrows on Low Moor.

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 bowl barrow east of the A171 road is larger than others in the group of
barrows on Low Moor. It survives well in spite of a slight clip on the south
side and the dished top showing a previous excavation. The mound stands in a
boggy area and so will preserve elements of waterlogged organic material as
well as the normal evidence of burial practices and the prehistoric

Source: Historic England

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