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Bowl barrow 65m west of Standing Stones on Standing Stones Rigg

A Scheduled Monument in Fylingdales, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.421 / 54°25'15"N

Longitude: -0.5836 / 0°35'1"W

OS Eastings: 491999.621339

OS Northings: 503765.341497

OS Grid: NZ919037

Mapcode National: GBR SKC9.FY

Mapcode Global: WHGBC.04CM

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 65m west of Standing Stones on Standing Stones Rigg

Scheduled Date: 15 November 1934

Last Amended: 8 August 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011963

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25679

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 on the highest point of a shoulder on
Standing Stones Rigg. It stands among grass and heather.
The mound is 0.4m high and measures 12.5m in diameter. There are traces of a
previous excavation evidenced by a dished top. Some stone is visible in the
construction of the barrow, otherwise it appears to be made of earth or turf.
There is no sign of a surrounding ditch.

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

This barrow survives well in spite of the previous excavation and will
preserve evidence of early burial practices as well as the environment at the
time of the burials. It lies close to a small stone circle and is also part of
a relict Bronze Age landscape on Low Moor.

Source: Historic England

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