Round barrow 350m north east of High Baxtonhowe


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1013699

Date first listed: 16-Nov-1995


Ordnance survey map of Round barrow 350m north east of High Baxtonhowe
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: North Yorkshire

District: Ryedale (District Authority)

Parish: Fryton

National Grid Reference: SE 68588 73220

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 altered by agricultural activity, remains of this barrow are still preserved beneath the ground surface so significant information about the structure of the mound, the surrounding ditch and the burials will be preserved. It is one of a number of barrows in the area. Similar groups of monuments are also known across the region and offer important scope for the study of burial practice in different geographical areas in the prehistoric period.


The monument includes a round barrow which is one of a group situated on undulating land on Hall Moor. Although altered by agricultural activity the barrow is still visible as a low circular mound 5m in diameter. This was surrounded by a quarry ditch up to 3m wide which has become infilled over the years and is no longer visible as an earthwork. The barrow was partly excavated in 1864 by Canon Greenwell who found one cremation burial.

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: 28206

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Kinnes, I A, Longworth, I H, The Greenwell Collection, (1985), 92
Title: Ordnance Survey 1:1250 Source Date: 1927 Author: Publisher: Surveyor:

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