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Round barrow 450m south west of Coney Hill Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Gilling East, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.1627 / 54°9'45"N

Longitude: -1.0862 / 1°5'10"W

OS Eastings: 459761.371224

OS Northings: 474488.469886

OS Grid: SE597744

Mapcode National: GBR NNV9.MJ

Mapcode Global: WHFB4.9M0M

Entry Name: Round barrow 450m south west of Coney Hill Farm

Scheduled Date: 13 February 1952

Last Amended: 22 November 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014082

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28223

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 in the
Hambleton Hills. It is one of a wider group of similar monuments in the area.
Although reduced in height by agricultural activity, a low earth and stone
mound standing up to 0.4m high is visible. It is round in shape and measures
22m in diameter. The mound was originally surrounded by a ditch up to 3m wide
which has become infilled 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 reduced by agricultural activity this barrow has survived as an
earthwork and significant information about the original form, burials placed
within it and evidence of earlier land use beneath the mound will be
It is one of a wider group of barrows in the area providing important insight
into burial practice. Such groupings of monuments offer important scope for
the study of the division of land for social, ritual and agricultural purposes
in different geographical areas during the prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England


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

Source: Historic England

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