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Name:Sharpe Howes round barrow - GREENWELL BARROW CCXXXIX
NY SMR Number:MNY8047
Type of record:Monument
Last edited:Aug 27 2015 11:08AM

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument () NY405: Sharpe Howes Round Barrows
  • SHINE: A partially excavated Bronze Age Barrow Cemetery.
Grid Reference:TA 048 776
Parish:Folkton [4004]; Scarborough

Monument Type(s):

Associated Finds

  • FLAKE (Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age - 3000 BC? to 1501 BC?)
  • SCRAPER (TOOL) (Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age - 3000 BC? to 1501 BC?)
  • PLANO CONVEX KNIFE (Early Bronze Age - 2500 BC to 1501 BC)
  • PLANO CONVEX KNIFE (Early Bronze Age - 2500 BC to 1501 BC)

Other References/Statuses

  • AMIE Reference / HOB UID: 79771 SHARPE HOWES
  • National Monuments Record: TA07NW23
  • Old Sites & Monuments Record Number: 7141.30000

Full description

Contained 4 graves none of which lay at the centre of the barrow. The barrow was undisturbed and the absence of evidence for secondary cuttings in the mound led Greenwell to suggest that the inhumations were all contemporary and pre-date the barrow. In 1949 the finds were in the British museum,
A grave 3.15 m south south east from the centre was recorded. Aligned west south west by east north east. 1.5m wide at top and 1.05m wide at bottom. Sunk through the chalk on to a band of flint.
A burial lay in the middle of the grave on the bottom. Laid on right side, head to the west south west. The back was straight, knees drawn up towards the face and hands in front of face. In front of the hands was a flint knife.
A second grave 3.75m east by south from the centre was recorded. Aligned west south west by east north east. 1.5m wide at top1.2m wide at bottom. It was filled in with earth and chalk.
At the west end of the grave laid close to the north side. Laid on right side head to the southwest back very bent and the femurs and tibias touched, hands up to the face. Laid upon the hands and knees were the bones of a burnt body among the burnt bones was a flint knife.
Excavated by: WG (1890) (1)

Sources and further reading

<1>SNY1 - Card Index: Ordnance Survey. Various. Ordnance Survey Record Card. Various authors. TA07NW023.
<AP1>SNY4313 - Aerial Photograph: Meridian Airmaps Ltd. 13/07/72. Aerial Photograph.
<AP2>SNY4314 - Aerial Photograph: Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photographs. 17/04/71. Aerial Photograph.
<AP3>SNY4315 - Aerial Photograph: Meridian Airmaps Ltd. 04/08/74. Aerial Photograph.

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