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Bowl barrow at Swale Hall

A Scheduled Monument in Grinton, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.3822 / 54°22'55"N

Longitude: -1.94 / 1°56'23"W

OS Eastings: 403994.355181

OS Northings: 498520.526379

OS Grid: SE039985

Mapcode National: GBR GKWR.SW

Mapcode Global: WHB5C.53GW

Entry Name: Bowl barrow at Swale Hall

Scheduled Date: 30 June 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012599

English Heritage Legacy ID: 24557

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Grinton

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire


The bowl barrow is situated within meadowland on the lower valley slopes
above the River Swale. It includes a large grass covered oval mound measuring
30m north to south by 26m and 3m high. It is slightly disturbed at its base on
the north east and south west sides by later cultivation terracing.

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 very slightly disturbed around the base this is still a well
preserved monument containing further archaeological remains.

Source: Historic England

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