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Round barrow 740m east of Broad Head Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Snainton, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2817 / 54°16'54"N

Longitude: -0.6049 / 0°36'17"W

OS Eastings: 490925.3888

OS Northings: 488234.313403

OS Grid: SE909882

Mapcode National: GBR SL6X.TX

Mapcode Global: WHGBX.PM4Y

Entry Name: Round barrow 740m east of Broad Head Farm

Scheduled Date: 7 March 2002

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020522

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34612

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Snainton

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Snainton St Stephen

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a round barrow located on level ground in a clearing in
a mature conifer plantation, situated on Passage Beds towards the southern
edge of the Tabular Hills. The earthen mound of the barrow measures 26m in
diameter and is 2m high. An unrecorded excavation in the past has left a sub-
circular depression to the north of the mound's centre, 6m in diameter and 1m

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, 740m east of Broad Head Farm survives well. Despite the
disturbance to the barrow significant information about its original form
and the burial placed within it will be preserved. Evidence for earlier
land use and the contemporary environment will also survive beneath the
barrow mound.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Dalby Forest Survey, (1996)

Source: Historic England

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