Round barrow 550m north of High Nova Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015440

Date first listed: 14-Apr-1967

Date of most recent amendment: 20-Mar-1997


Ordnance survey map of Round barrow 550m north of High Nova Farm
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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: Cropton

National Grid Reference: SE 78378 88936

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 reduced by agricultural activity, this barrow has survived as an earthwork and significant information about its original form and the burials placed within it will be preserved. It is one of a wider group of barrows in the area providing important insight into burial practice during the prehistoric period.


The monument includes a round barrow situated on undulating land on the northern side of the Vale of Pickering. The barrow has a low earth and stone mound 0.6m high. It is round in shape and has been spread by ploughing to measure 36m in diameter. The mound was originally surrounded by a ditch up to 3m wide which has been infilled over the years and is no longer visible as an earthwork.

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: 28293

Legacy System: RSM

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