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Low Woof Howe round barrow

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Low Woof Howe round barrow

List entry Number: 1019374

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: North Yorkshire

District: Ryedale

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Allerston

County: North Yorkshire

District: Scarborough

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Darncombe-cum-Langdale End

National Park: NORTH YORK MOORS

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 21-Jan-1970

Date of most recent amendment: 09-Nov-2000

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 34173

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Round barrows 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 mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered single or multiple burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as cemeteries and often acted as a focus of 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 examples recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring across most of Britain, including the Wessex area where it is often possible to classify them more closely, for example as bowl or bell barrows. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable variation in 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.

Despite limited disturbance, Low Woof Howe round barrow has survived well. Significant information about the original form of the barrow and the burials placed within it will be preserved. Evidence for earlier land use and the contemporary environment will also survive beneath the barrow mound and within the buried ditch. Together with other barrows in the area, Low Woof Howe is thought to represent a territorial marker. Similar groups of monuments are also known across the west and central areas of the North York Moors, providing important insight into burial practice. Such groupings of monuments offer important scope for the study of land division for social and ritual purposes in different geographical areas during the prehistoric period.

History

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Details



The monument includes a round barrow situated in a formerly prominent position on the top of a slight rise in Langdale Forest. The barrow has a well defined earth and stone mound which stands up to 1.2m high and measures 15m in diameter. The mound was originally surrounded by a ditch up to 2m wide but this has become filled in over the years by soil slipping from the mound and is only visible now as a slight depression on the north western side of the mound. In the centre of the mound there is a hollow caused by partial excavation in the past. On the west side of the excavation hollow there is a boundary stone, bearing on its south eastern face the inscription `By Order of the Commissioner of Wykeham Inclosure 1786'. The round barrow lies in an area rich in prehistoric monuments including further round barrows, field systems and clearance cairns.

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.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Spratt, D A , 'Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology in North East Yorkshire' in Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology of North East Yorkshire, , Vol. 87, (1993)

National Grid Reference: SE 89180 96190

Map

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