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Bowl barrow 710m north west of Thornfields

A Scheduled Monument in Fylingdales, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.4327 / 54°25'57"N

Longitude: -0.5712 / 0°34'16"W

OS Eastings: 492777.20976

OS Northings: 505080.314157

OS Grid: NZ927050

Mapcode National: GBR SKG5.3S

Mapcode Global: WHGB5.6V76

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 710m north west of Thornfields

Scheduled Date: 15 November 1934

Last Amended: 8 August 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011976

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25674

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 on open moorland. It is on a slight
eminence and concealed in a clump of gorse bushes.
The mound is approximately 12m across and stands 0.5m high.

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 710m north west of Thornfields is hidden in a mantle of dense
gorse; consequently it is likely to be well preserved from the grazing animals
and walkers on this moor.
It forms one of a line of three barrows in this immediate vicinity and part of
a whole complex of barrows on Low Moor. The structure will contain evidence of
burial practices and the environment at the time of its construction.

Source: Historic England

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