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Round barrow on Ugthorpe Moor known as Loose Howe, 130m south west of Day Well House

A Scheduled Monument in Ugthorpe, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.4927 / 54°29'33"N

Longitude: -0.7927 / 0°47'33"W

OS Eastings: 478299.853878

OS Northings: 511486.396825

OS Grid: NZ782114

Mapcode National: GBR QJXH.58

Mapcode Global: WHF8Q.SBQP

Entry Name: Round barrow on Ugthorpe Moor known as Loose Howe, 130m south west of Day Well House

Scheduled Date: 16 May 1963

Last Amended: 2 July 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016543

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32483

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Ugthorpe

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Ugthorpe Christ Church

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a round barrow situated in a prominent position at the
north edge of the North York Moors.
The barrow has an earth and stone mound standing up to 0.5m high. It is round
in shape and measures 10m in diameter. In the centre of the mound there is a
hollow caused by excavations in the past.
The barrow lies in an area where there are many other ritual and funerary
monuments dating to the prehistoric period.

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, the round barrow on Ugthorpe Moor known as Loose
Howe, 130m south west of Day Well House survives well. Significant information
about the original form of the barrow and the burials placed within it will be
preserved. Evidence for earlier land use will also survive beneath the barrow
mound. Together with other burial monuments in the area, this barrow is
thought to represent a territorial marker. Similar monument groups are known
across the west and central areas of the North York Moors and provide valuable
insight into burial practice and land division for social and ritual purposes.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Smith, M J B, Excavated Bronze Age Burial Mounds of Durham and N' land., (1994), 77-79
Spratt, D A , 'Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology in North East Yorkshire' in Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology of North East Yorkshire, , Vol. 87, (1993)

Source: Historic England

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