Go to almost anywhere on the North York Moors and somewhere on the skyline there will be at least one round barrow. More likely you will be able to spot a dozen or so. The archaeologists tell us 541 of them have been recorded. Marked in Gothic script on Ordnance Survey maps as ‘tumulus’ or ‘cairn’ these burial mounds typically date to the Bronze Age, about 4000 to 3500 years ago. In the intervening years, many have become associated as territorial markers, a function which continues to this day as estate or parish boundaries.
Green Howe, on Noon Hill between Scugdale and Raisdale is a bowl barrow, a mound built of earth and stone about 10 metres in diameter and 1.5 metres high. ‘Howe’ is actually an Old Norse word for a mound or barrow. But the eyes are drawn to the boundary stone standing in the centre of the barrow. It has peculiarly a square hole cut through it and marks the parish boundary between Snilesworth and Bilsdale.