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Round barrow 920m south west of Silpho Brow Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Silpho, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.319 / 54°19'8"N

Longitude: -0.5012 / 0°30'4"W

OS Eastings: 497586.1654

OS Northings: 492522.7156

OS Grid: SE975925

Mapcode National: GBR SLYH.8J

Mapcode Global: WHGBS.8PKW

Entry Name: Round barrow 920m south west of Silpho Brow Farm

Scheduled Date: 25 November 1969

Last Amended: 24 January 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019626

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34557

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Silpho

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Hackness with Harwood Dale

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a round barrow situated on level ground towards the
eastern scarp edge of the Hackness Hills.
The barrow has an earth and stone mound which has been spread and reduced in
height by ploughing. The mound stands up to 0.3m high and has a maximum
diameter of 23m.
The barrow lies in an area where there are many other prehistoric burial

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

Round barrows 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 mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered
single or multiple burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as
cemeteries and often acted as a focus of 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 examples recorded nationally (many more have already
been destroyed), occurring across most of Britain, including the Wessex area
where it is often possible to classify them more closely, for example as bowl
or bell barrows. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major
historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable variation in
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 disturbance, the round barrow 920m south west of Silpho Brow Farm has
surviving archaeological deposits which will preserve significant information
about the original form of the barrow and the burials placed within it.
Evidence for earlier land use and the contemporary environment will also
survive beneath the barrow mound. The barrow was originally among a group of
at least twelve burial monuments distributed across the south eastern part of
Suffield Moor. Such clusters provide important insight into the development of
ritual and funerary practice during the prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England


information supplied by farmer, Malthouse, J, (2000)

Source: Historic England

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