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Round barrow 720m north east of Cook House

A Scheduled Monument in Fylingdales, North Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.3973 / 54°23'50"N

Longitude: -0.5381 / 0°32'17"W

OS Eastings: 495010.161931

OS Northings: 501186.8024

OS Grid: NZ950011

Mapcode National: GBR SKPL.9G

Mapcode Global: WHGBC.PQZT

Entry Name: Round barrow 720m north east of Cook House

Scheduled Date: 15 November 1934

Last Amended: 9 April 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019699

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31379

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Fylingdales

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Ravenscar St Hilda

Church of England Diocese: York

Details

The monument includes a round barrow situated on the western flank of Howdale
Moor. This is the easternmost extent of the sandstone, heather covered moors
characteristic of the North York Moors. Today the moor is little used but
archaeological evidence indicates that this has not always been the case. The
prehistoric period in particular saw extensive agricultural use of the area.
It was also used for burials and activities associated with the carving of
patterns on exposed rock. Remains of these activities survive today.
The barrow is located on a natural knoll in improved and enclosed land
adjacent to the heather moorland. It has an earth and stone mound standing
0.75m high and measuring 22m in diameter. The mound was surrounded by a ditch
up to 3m wide which has been filled in and is no longer visible as an
earthwork. The barrow mound was originally higher but has been reduced by
agricultural activity over the years and now only survives as a low mound.

MAP EXTRACT
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
protection.

Although reduced by agricultural activity the round barrow 720m north east of
Cook House has survived well. Significant information about the original form
of the barrow, the burials placed within it and its relationship with other
monuments in the area will be preserved. Evidence of earlier land use will
also survive beneath the barrow mound.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Smith, M J B, Excavated Bronze Age Burial Mounds of Durham and N' land., (1994), 1-38

Source: Historic England

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