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Round barrow 690m south east of John Bond's Sheep House

A Scheduled Monument in Fylingdales, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.3959 / 54°23'45"N

Longitude: -0.6102 / 0°36'36"W

OS Eastings: 490329.925

OS Northings: 500939.258978

OS Grid: NZ903009

Mapcode National: GBR SK5L.PY

Mapcode Global: WHGBB.LRMW

Entry Name: Round barrow 690m south east of John Bond's Sheep House

Scheduled Date: 6 July 1934

Last Amended: 24 January 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019753

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34405

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Fylingdales

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Fylingdales St Stephen

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a round barrow situated on high ground overlooking a
small gill on the southern part of Sneaton Low Moor. This is at the eastern
side of the sandstone, heather covered moor 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 use of the area for burials and agriculture. Remains of these
activities survive today.
The barrow has a circular earth and stone mound measuring 7m in diameter and
standing 0.4m high. 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 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

The round barrow 690m south east of John Bond's Sheep House has survived well.
Significant information about the original form of the barrow, the burials
placed within it and the relationship with other monuments in the area will be
preserved. Evidence of earlier land use will also survive beneath the barrow

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Smith, M J B, Excavated Bronze Age Burial Mounds of North East Yorkshire, (1997), 1-38

Source: Historic England

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