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Fox Howe round barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Ebberston and Yedingham, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.3063 / 54°18'22"N

Longitude: -0.6143 / 0°36'51"W

OS Eastings: 490258.68293

OS Northings: 490963.683

OS Grid: SE902909

Mapcode National: GBR SL4N.S2

Mapcode Global: WHGBX.J1P1

Entry Name: Fox Howe round barrow

Scheduled Date: 22 January 1969

Last Amended: 11 February 2002

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020427

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34589

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Ebberston and Yedingham

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Allerston St John

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a round barrow located at the junction of two forest
tracks on level ground overlooking Little Gill, towards the southern edge of
the Tabular Hills.

The barrow has a well-defined earth mound which measures 20m in diameter
and stands 2.2m high. The barrow lies within a dense concentration of
prehistoric burial monuments in an area which also includes the remains of
prehistoric land division.

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 the limited disturbance on the top of the barrow caused by rabbit
burrowing, Fox Howe round barrow has survived well. It has not been
subject to any antiquarian excavation, which adds to the importance of the
monument. Significant information about the original form of the barrow
and the burial placed within it will be preserved. Evidence for earlier
land use and the contemporary environment will also survive below the
barrow mound.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Dalby Forest Survey, (1996)

Source: Historic England

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