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Bowl barrow 120m north of Tor Dike on Little Hunters Sleets

A Scheduled Monument in Kettlewell with Starbotton, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.1777 / 54°10'39"N

Longitude: -2.0222 / 2°1'20"W

OS Eastings: 398644.475377

OS Northings: 475766.125036

OS Grid: SD986757

Mapcode National: GBR GN94.Z5

Mapcode Global: WHB68.X865

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 120m north of Tor Dike on Little Hunters Sleets

Scheduled Date: 4 July 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012596

English Heritage Legacy ID: 24547

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Kettlewell with Starbotton

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire


The barrow is situated in a prominent position at the crest of a hill
known as Little Hunters Sleets and a short distance from the Tor Dike. It
includes a mound 1.3m high, constructed of limestone rubble and turf covered.
The edges of the monument have been damaged and robbed out for stone, however
the centre remains intact. The monument has a diameter of 11.5m.

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 monument although slightly disturbed is still a well preserved example
containing further archaeological remains.

Source: Historic England

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