Bronze Age Round Barrows
West of Ravenscar, North Yorkshire OS Map Ref NZ97280111
OS Maps - Landranger 94 (Whitby & Esk Dale), Explorer OL27 (North York Moors - Eastern Area)
Beacon Howes are a pair of round barrows that overlook the sea to the south of Robin Hood's Bay. They seem to be set apart form the barrows cemeteries to the west on Brow Moor, Howdale Moor and Stony Marl Moor and are situated below the crest of a small hill on its eastern side with fine views across the bay - this view must have been important to the builders of the barrows.
The largest barrow (shown in the photograph) measures about 18 metres in diameter and 1.3 metres tall while the other barrow 30 metres to the east is smaller at 15 metres across and less than half a metre high - it has been badly damaged by ploughing. Both barrow mounds were constructed with earth and rubble and both would have had a surrounding ditch measuring about 3 metres wide, these ditches have now been filled and are no longer visible on the ground.
Date: Bronze Age
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