Round barrow 300m WNW of Low Barn


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1013395

Date first listed: 23-Mar-1927

Date of most recent amendment: 15-Feb-1995


Ordnance survey map of Round barrow 300m WNW of Low Barn
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: North Yorkshire

District: Harrogate (District Authority)

Parish: Hutton Conyers

National Grid Reference: SE 35185 73193

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 partially altered by agricultural activity, this barrow is visible as a mound, retaining conditions for the preservation of features within and beneath the mound. Significant information about the original form, burials placed within it and evidence of earlier land use beneath the mound will be preserved. The monument is one of a group of closely associated barrows which are in turn associated with two earlier henge monuments. Similar associations between such monuments are known elsewhere in this part of the Vale of Mowbray. Such associations offer important scope for study of the development of burial practice and of continuity of use of ritual sites in the prehistoric period.


The monument includes a round barrow situated on undulating ground in the Vale of Mowbray. It is one of a closely associated group of barrows grouped around two earlier henge monuments. Although altered by agricultural activity, this barrow is visible as a slight mound standing 0.5m high. It is round in shape and is 15m in diameter. The mound was surrounded by a ditch up to 3m wide which has become filled in over the years and is no longer visible as an earthwork. There is a wall crossing the southern edge of the monument which is excluded from the scheduling, although 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: 25573

Legacy System: RSM


Manby T G, The Lowlands and eastern Foothills, 1993,

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