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Bowl barrow 30m north of Lilla Cross

A Scheduled Monument in Lockton, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.3762 / 54°22'34"N

Longitude: -0.6325 / 0°37'56"W

OS Eastings: 488926.856178

OS Northings: 498713.90133

OS Grid: SE889987

Mapcode National: GBR SK0V.V1

Mapcode Global: WHGBJ.882H

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 30m north of Lilla Cross

Scheduled Date: 23 February 1933

Last Amended: 23 April 2003

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020951

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25682

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Lockton

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 bowl barrow to the north of Lilla Cross on
Fylingdales Moor. It is separated from the cross by the track now called
the Saltersgate. The barrow is constructed of earth and medium-sized
stones. Its mound measures 13m in diameter and stands 0.5m high. There is
no trace of a surrounding ditch nor a stone kerb.

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

Bowl barrows, the most numerous form of round barrow, 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 or rubble mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered single or multiple
burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as cemeteries and often
acted as a focus for 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 bowl
barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring
across most of lowland Britain. Often occupying prominent locations, they are
a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable
variation of 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 bowl barrow 30m north of Lilla Cross has survived well although there
are traces of a previous excavation in the centre. The surface is
protected by a cover of mature heather and this has prevented the robbing
of the mound for stones to build cairns. The barrow will contain evidence
of early burial practices as well as the environment at the time of its

Source: Historic England

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