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Round barrow 250m north of Coney Hill Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Gilling East, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.1681 / 54°10'5"N

Longitude: -1.0818 / 1°4'54"W

OS Eastings: 460042.503708

OS Northings: 475088.562438

OS Grid: SE600750

Mapcode National: GBR NNW7.LM

Mapcode Global: WHFB4.CH3J

Entry Name: Round barrow 250m north of Coney Hill Farm

Scheduled Date: 9 November 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013593

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28209

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Gilling East

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Gilling East Holy Cross

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a round barrow situated in a prominent position and
which is one of a number of barrows in the area.
The barrow has an earth and stone mound standing 1m high; it is round in shape
and measures 10m 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. There is a hollow in the centre of the mound resulting from
the barrow being partly excavated in an antiquarian investigation.

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

This barrow survives well and significant information about the structure
of the mound, the surrounding ditch and the burials will be preserved. The
monument is one of a wider 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)

Source: Historic England

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