Bowl barrow 710m north west of Thornfields

Overview

Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
1011976
Date first listed:
15-Nov-1934
Date of most recent amendment:
08-Aug-1995

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 710m north west of Thornfields
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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:
LCPs of Fylingdales and Hawsker-cum-Stainsacre
National Park:
NORTH YORK MOORS
National Grid Reference:
NZ 92777 05080

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 710m north west of Thornfields is hidden in a mantle of dense gorse; consequently it is likely to be well preserved from the grazing animals and walkers on this moor. It forms one of a line of three barrows in this immediate vicinity and part of a whole complex of barrows on Low Moor. The structure will contain evidence of burial practices and the environment at the time of its construction.

Details

The monument comprises a bowl barrow on open moorland. It is on a slight eminence and concealed in a clump of gorse bushes. The mound is approximately 12m across and stands 0.5m high.

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:
25674
Legacy System:
RSM

Legal

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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