Foster Howes bowl barrow (north) on Sneaton High Moor


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009853

Date first listed: 27-Feb-1995


Ordnance survey map of Foster Howes bowl barrow (north) 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 87437 01020


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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.

The northern barrow of the three known as Foster Howes survives well in spite of the evidence of robbery shown by the crater in the top of the mound. There will still be valuable archaeological deposits in the structure.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow which is the northern one of a group of three known as Foster Howes on Sneaton High Moor. The mound is composed of soil and stones and is presently 0.75m high and 12m in diameter. There are traces of a ditch around the mound visible on the south side. The ditch is 2m wide where visible. The top of the mound has been excavated leaving a hollow.

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: 25648

Legacy System: RSM

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