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Round barrow 250m north east of Comer Lodge

A Scheduled Monument in Kirklington-cum-Upsland, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2296 / 54°13'46"N

Longitude: -1.5057 / 1°30'20"W

OS Eastings: 432319.201732

OS Northings: 481657.211742

OS Grid: SE323816

Mapcode National: GBR KMXJ.TK

Mapcode Global: WHC78.VY5D

Entry Name: Round barrow 250m north east of Comer Lodge

Scheduled Date: 12 July 1966

Last Amended: 24 September 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016265

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29526

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Kirklington-cum-Upsland

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire


The monument includes a round barrow situated on undulating land in the Vale
of Mowbray. The barrow has an earth and stone mound standing 1.8m high. It is
round in shape and measures 14m in diameter. The mound was originally
surrounded by a quarry ditch up to 3m wide, although this has been infilled
over the years and is no longer visible as an earthwork.
The barrow mound was partly excavated in 1903 when one burial and two
cremations were found with associated pottery.
This barrow is an outlying member of a wider group of barrows in the Vale of
Mowbray which are concentrated around the prehistoric henge monuments at
Thornborough and Hutton Moor.

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

Despite limited disturbance this barrow has survived well. Significant
information about the original form, burials placed within it and evidence of
earlier land use beneath the mound will be preserved.
The barrow is part of a wider grouping of prehistoric monuments in the Vale of
Mowbray. Such groupings of monuments offer important scope for the study of
the use of land for social and ritual purposes in different geographical areas
during the prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Manby, T G, 'Yorkshire Archaeological Journal' in Bronze Age Pottery From Kirklington, North Riding, , Vol. VOL 43, (1971), 175-78

Source: Historic England

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