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Two round barrows on Yearsley Moor 260m SSE of High Lions' Lodge

A Scheduled Monument in Yearsley, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.168 / 54°10'4"N

Longitude: -1.1168 / 1°7'0"W

OS Eastings: 457757.703871

OS Northings: 475054.196731

OS Grid: SE577750

Mapcode National: GBR NNN7.0M

Mapcode Global: WHD8Z.THCK

Entry Name: Two round barrows on Yearsley Moor 260m SSE of High Lions' Lodge

Scheduled Date: 24 May 1951

Last Amended: 29 August 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013445

English Heritage Legacy ID: 26965

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Yearsley

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Brandsby All Saints

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes two adjacent round barrows which are part of a group of
barrows situated on the west edge of Yearsley Moor.
The northern barrow has an earth and stone mound standing 1m high. Originally
round in shape, it has been altered by agricultural activity and is now
elongated, and measures 30m by 20m. The second barrow lies 10m to the south
west and has a mound 0.5m high. It is round in shape and measures 15m in
diameter. The barrow mounds were each surrounded by a quarry ditch up to 3m
wide which has become filled in over the years and is no longer visible as an

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 altered by agricultural activity these barrows are still visible as
earthworks and so significant information about the structure of the mound,
the surrounding ditch and the burials will be preserved. They are part of a
closely associated group of barrows in the vicinity. Similar groups of
monuments are also known across the region and offer important scope for the
study of burial practice in different geographical areas in the prehistoric

Source: Historic England


McElvaney, M, Howardian Hills AONB Historic Environment Study, (1994)
McElvaney, M, Howardian Hills AONB Historic Environment Study, (1994)

Source: Historic England

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