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The Latter Gate Hills tumuli; the northern of the two, 200m ESE from the junction of the A171 and the road leading to Fylingthorpe

A Scheduled Monument in Fylingdales, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.4276 / 54°25'39"N

Longitude: -0.5766 / 0°34'35"W

OS Eastings: 492443.264818

OS Northings: 504503.494344

OS Grid: NZ924045

Mapcode National: GBR SKD7.ZM

Mapcode Global: WHGB5.3ZQ4

Entry Name: The Latter Gate Hills tumuli; the northern of the two, 200m ESE from 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: 1011973

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25671

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 comprises a bowl barrow standing on the heath and known as one of
the Latter Gate Hills tumuli.
The barrow mound is circular and stands 0.75m high and measures 13m across. It
was constructed of turf or earth and has no trace of a kerb nor a surrounding
The top of the barrow has been excavated in the past but no record exists of
this work.

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 northern of the two Latter Gate Hills tumuli is a medium sized barrow
which survives well. In spite of the excavations evidenced by a dished top,
the barrow is likely to contain more evidence of burial practice and the early
environment at the time of its construction.

Source: Historic England

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