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Two round barrows 820m north east of Dalton Gates Farm

A Scheduled Monument in North Dalton, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Latitude: 53.9509 / 53°57'3"N

Longitude: -0.6288 / 0°37'43"W

OS Eastings: 490081.316878

OS Northings: 451400.233909

OS Grid: SE900514

Mapcode National: GBR SQ1R.NG

Mapcode Global: WHGDG.9YSK

Entry Name: Two round barrows 820m north east of Dalton Gates Farm

Scheduled Date: 22 January 1964

Last Amended: 2 February 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011912

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21129

County: East Riding of Yorkshire

Civil Parish: North Dalton

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Riding of Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Nunburnholme St James

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes two Prehistoric round barrows, members of a group of
barrows on this area of the Yorkshire Wolds. The two barrows are aligned east
- west. The western barrow is 0.6m high and has a diameter of 35m. The
barrow lying to the east is 0.3m in height and is 25m in diameter. Although
neither is visible at ground level, ditches, from which material was excavated
during the construction of the barrows, surround each of the burial mounds.
These features have become in-filled over the years but will survive as buried
features 4m wide. Both of these barrows may have been partially excavated by
nineteenth century antiquarians, although this is not certain.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Bowl barrows, the most numerous form of round barrow, are funerary monuments
dating from the Late Neolithic period to the Late Bronze Age, with most
examples belonging to the period 2400-1500 BC. They were constructed as
earthen or rubble mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered single or multiple
burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as cemeteries and often
acted as a focus for burials in later periods. Often superficially similar,
although differing widely in size, they exhibit regional variations in form
and a diversity of burial practices. There are over 10,000 surviving bowl
barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring
across most of lowland Britain. Often occupying prominent locations, they are
a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable
variation of form and longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisations amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of

Despite possible partial excavation and limited plough damage these barrows
remain visible. They will retain significant information on their
original form and the manner and duration of their usage. They will also
contribute to an understanding of the wider group of which they are members.

Source: Historic England


RAF, RAF/106G/UK1313/3401-2/27 3 42, (1942)

Source: Historic England

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