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Seaty Hill barrow MYD4071 (c) YDNPA, 2023

Seaty Hill barrow MYD4071 (c) YDNPA, 2023

An early Bronze Age earthen barrow situated on top of a small conical hill. The barrow is 21 metres in diameter, averages 0.8 metres in height and is surrounded by a shallow ditch and external bank. It was excavated in 1950-51. A crouched primary burial was found roughly in the centre of the mound dug into the original ground surface of the hill but no artefacts were found with it. Thirteen secondary burials were also found, all extremely fragmentary. An unusual bone pipe or whistle made from a sheep’s tibia was found in one and in others several fragments of iron, possibly knives, jet beads and sherds of pottery. The excavator therefore gave these burials an Iron Age date. The bone pipe is now in the collections of Leeds City Museum.


Raistrick, A & Holmes P F (1962) ‘The Archaeology of Malham Moor’ Field Studies. Vol 1 pp73-100

Raistrick, A, Spaul, E A & Todd, E (1952) ‘The Malham Iron–Age Pipe’ Galpin Society Journal. Vol 5 pp28-38


Take Raikes Road north east out of Malham for 3 miles to Streetgate. Just south of Streetgate, cross a stone step stile into a field, barrow can be viewed immediately, adjacent to this public footpath

Public Transport Details

Nearest town/village: Malham. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 885 for North Yorkshire information.


Viewable from roadside. Stone step stile onto footpath.