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Round barrow known as Burnt Howe

A Scheduled Monument in Stainton Dale, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.397 / 54°23'49"N

Longitude: -0.4814 / 0°28'53"W

OS Eastings: 498690.55227

OS Northings: 501235.7594

OS Grid: NZ986012

Mapcode National: GBR TK2L.KK

Mapcode Global: WHGBD.KRZ1

Entry Name: Round barrow known as Burnt Howe

Scheduled Date: 9 October 1981

Last Amended: 25 June 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020107

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34801

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Stainton Dale

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Ravenscar St Hilda

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a round barrow situated in a prominent position
overlooking the sea to the east. It is one of a group of similar monuments
lying between the sea and the predominantly heather covered moorland to the
east. The area has been enclosed and brought into agricultural use but it is
known that the prehistoric period saw intensive use of the land for
agricultural and ritual purposes. Some remains of these activities survive
The barrow has an earth and stone mound which measures 15m in diameter
and stands 0.25m 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 barrow mound
was originally higher but has been reduced by agricultural activity over the
years and now survives as a low mound.

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

Although reduced by agricultural activity the round barrow known as Burnt Howe
has survived well and significant information about the original construction
of the barrow, the burials placed beneath 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


Books and journals
Smith, M J B, Excavated Bronze Age Burial Mounds of Durham and N' land., (1994), 1-32

Source: Historic England

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