Loose Howe Round Barrow
North Yorkshire County Council
Ryedale District Council
Rosedale East Side
Thirsk and Malton
SE702702 (470220, 500835)
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Loose Howe was excavated by Frank Elgee in 1937 where he uncovered a primary burial. This consisted of a tree trunk coffin of oak with a canoe shaped lid some ten feet from the centre of the barrow on the northern side. The body within was laid with its head toward the stern, the coffin also contained flints and a bronze dagger. Next to this coffin was another oak dugout canoe. There was no central interment at the base of the barrow but another secondary interment was found just to the east of the summit which comprised of fragments of an urn, cremated bone fragments, bronze dagger, stone axe and bronze pin .
Overlooking Loose Howe at Rosedale Head there is a memorial stone to Frank Elgee. (Photo uploaded) also at the parking area just to the North West of Loose Howe a millennium stone has been erected (photo uploaded)
John D Hunter, 20 April 2013
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