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Round barrow 350m south west of Moor House Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Hovingham, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.1522 / 54°9'7"N

Longitude: -0.9917 / 0°59'30"W

OS Eastings: 465949.513311

OS Northings: 473398.863081

OS Grid: SE659733

Mapcode National: GBR PNJF.39

Mapcode Global: WHFB5.QWYR

Entry Name: Round barrow 350m south west of Moor House Farm

Scheduled Date: 5 December 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013545

English Heritage Legacy ID: 26977

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Hovingham

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Hovingham All Saints

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a round barrow situated on undulating land in an
elevated position.
Although altered by agricultural activity, the barrow is still visible as a
low mound on a natural knoll. The barrow has an earth and stone mound standing
0.4m high. It is round in shape and 15m in diameter. The 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 and significant information about the structure of the mound, the
surrounding ditch and the burials will be preserved. It is one of a number of
barrows in the area. 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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