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Round barrow 400m SSW of Low Gaterley Cottages

A Scheduled Monument in Henderskelfe, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.1117 / 54°6'42"N

Longitude: -0.8863 / 0°53'10"W

OS Eastings: 472903.499337

OS Northings: 469002.730953

OS Grid: SE729690

Mapcode National: GBR QN7W.XT

Mapcode Global: WHFBF.CX57

Entry Name: Round barrow 400m SSW of Low Gaterley Cottages

Scheduled Date: 16 November 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013694

English Heritage Legacy ID: 26999

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Henderskelfe

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Bulmer St Martin

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a round barrow lying on the brow of a hill which is one
of a number situated in the area.
The barrow has an earth and stone mound standing 1m high. It is round in shape
and measures 25m 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 barrow was partly excavated in 1866 and a single
cremation burial and associated artefacts were uncovered.
The fence crossing the monument is excluded from the scheduling, although the
ground beneath is included.

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 has survived 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 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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