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Bowl barrow 1300m north of Betton Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Irton, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2667 / 54°16'0"N

Longitude: -0.4644 / 0°27'51"W

OS Eastings: 500111.646161

OS Northings: 486761.868622

OS Grid: TA001867

Mapcode National: GBR TM63.88

Mapcode Global: WHGC5.V01W

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 1300m north of Betton Farm

Scheduled Date: 5 August 1933

Last Amended: 19 August 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012082

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23809

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Irton

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: East Ayton St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow situated in Black Rigg
Plantation. It is a member of a wider group in this area of the North
Yorkshire moors. The barrow mound is up to 0.6m high and is 6m in diameter.
The mound has been disturbed by tree-planting, part of the mound has been
eroded on its north side. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch
from which material was excavated during the construction of the monument,
surrounds the barrow mound. This has become in-filled over the years but
survives as a buried feature 3m wide.

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 altered by forestry activity it is still visible
as a mound. Evidence of the structure of the mound, the surrounding ditch and
burials will survive. It will also contribute to an understanding of the
wider group of which it is a member.

Source: Historic England


9117, North Yorkshire SMR,

Source: Historic England

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