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Round barrow on Yearsley Moor 230m SSE of High Lions' Lodge

A Scheduled Monument in Yearsley, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.1684 / 54°10'6"N

Longitude: -1.1168 / 1°7'0"W

OS Eastings: 457756.906124

OS Northings: 475096.366169

OS Grid: SE577750

Mapcode National: GBR NNN7.0H

Mapcode Global: WHD8Z.THC8

Entry Name: Round barrow on Yearsley Moor 230m SSE of High Lions' Lodge

Scheduled Date: 23 August 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013450

English Heritage Legacy ID: 26970

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 a round barrow which is one of a number situated on the
west edge of Yearsley Moor.
Although altered by agricultural activity, the barrow is still visible as a
mound, 0.6m high and 25m in diameter. The barrow mound was surrounded by a
quarry ditch up to 3m wide which has become filled in over the years and is no
longer visible as an earthwork.

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 this barrow is still visible as an
earthwork so significant information about the structure of the mound, the
surrounding ditch and the burials will be preserved. It is one 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 period.

Source: Historic England


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

Source: Historic England

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