Robbed Howe bowl barrow, 500m north of Robbed Howe Slacks on Sneaton High Moor


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009852

Date first listed: 26-Jan-1938

Date of most recent amendment: 30-Dec-1994


Ordnance survey map of Robbed Howe bowl barrow, 500m north of Robbed Howe Slacks on Sneaton High Moor
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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: Goathland

County: North Yorkshire

District: Scarborough (District Authority)

Parish: Sneaton


National Grid Reference: NZ 86850 01958


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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.

Robbed Howe bowl barrow survives as a mound with a boundary stone inserted in the top. Although partly disturbed by this later activity it still contains archaeological remains and can be considered in the context of the scatter of barrows on Sneaton High Moor.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow known as Robbed Howe which is one of a group of bowl barrows on Widow Howe Moor, part of Sneaton High Moor. The mound stands 0.45m high and measures 13m in diameter at the base. The top has been hollowed and a boundary stone inserted in the hollow. The mound was constructed of earth and stone and has been partially disturbed by the later insertion of a boundary stone.

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.


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Legacy System number: 25647

Legacy System: RSM

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