Bowl barrow known as Brown Rigg Howe on Beacon Hill, Danby, together with a searchlight emplacement upon it

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010078

Date first listed: 09-Jan-1963

Date of most recent amendment: 16-Feb-1995

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow known as Brown Rigg Howe on Beacon Hill, Danby, together with a searchlight emplacement upon it
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: North Yorkshire

District: Scarborough (District Authority)

Parish: Glaisdale

National Park: NORTH YORK MOORS

National Grid Reference: NZ 74559 09500

Summary

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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 bowl barrow known as Brown Rigg Howe survives well in spite of the intrusion of the concrete emplacement on its top. The concrete offers good protection for the remains below.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow known as Brown Rigg Howe on Beacon Hill, Danby. Inserted into the top of the mound is a World War II searchlight emplacement.

The barrow mound stands 1.5m high and measures 16m in diameter. It was constructed of earth and stone. Inserted into the top of the mound is a concrete platform, still visible beneath the overgrowth on the south east side and a metal plate bolted into it in the centre 0.9m square. Four triangular plates at each quadrant, 1m from this plate, are the foundations for a circular monorail which is now missing.

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.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: 25657

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Hayes, R H, Old Roads and Pannierways in North East Yorkshire, (1988), 22

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