Bowl barrow 100m east of Moor House Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008134

Date first listed: 05-Aug-1933

Date of most recent amendment: 09-Aug-1994


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 100m east of Moor House Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: North Yorkshire

District: Scarborough (District Authority)

Parish: Seamer

National Grid Reference: TA 02519 86015

Reasons for Designation

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 protection.

Although this barrow has been partially excavated it survives reasonably well. Further evidence of the structure of the mound, the surrounding ditch and burials will survive.


The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow, a member of a wider group of similar monuments in this area of the North Yorkshire moors. The barrow mound is 1.5m high and 20m in diameter. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch, from which material was excavated during the construction of the monument surrounds the barrow mound. This has become in-filled over the years but survives as a buried feature 4m wide. The barrow mound was excavated in 1848 by the antiquarian Lord Conyngham; he found a triangular cist which contained two cremation urns. The mound has a depression in its summit which marks the site of Conyngham's excavation. A radio mast on a 0.5m square concrete base has been erected at the south-east edge of the mound and concrete settings 0.3m square for bracing cables have been inserted into the east and north-west edges of the mound. All are excluded from the scheduling though the ground beneath is included.

MAP EXTRACT 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.


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 23834

Legacy System: RSM


9102.03, North Yorkshire SMR,

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