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Round barrow on Dunsley Moor, 800m south west of Skelder Cottage

A Scheduled Monument in Egton, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.4659 / 54°27'57"N

Longitude: -0.7063 / 0°42'22"W

OS Eastings: 483947.32

OS Northings: 508603.765822

OS Grid: NZ839086

Mapcode National: GBR RJHS.WW

Mapcode Global: WHGB3.30XQ

Entry Name: Round barrow on Dunsley Moor, 800m south west of Skelder Cottage

Scheduled Date: 6 July 1934

Last Amended: 2 July 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016531

English Heritage Legacy ID: 33441

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Egton

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Egton St Hilda

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a round barrow situated on a gentle south east facing
slope at the north edge of the North Yorks Moors.
In 1934 the barrow had a mound up to 16m in diameter but it has since been
further levelled by ploughing. Although it is no longer visible as an
earthwork it will retain archaeological remains below ground.
The barrow lies in an area rich in prehistoric monuments including further
barrows with which it is associated and which are the subject of separate

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 disturbance by ploughing the round barrow on Dunsley Moor, 800m south
west of Skelder Cottage will retain archaeological remains such as evidence
for earlier land use beneath the plough soil.
Together with other burial monuments in the area this barrow is thought to
represent a territorial marker. Similar monument groups are known across the
west and central areas of the North York Moors and provide valuable insight
into burial practice and land division for social and ritual purposes.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Smith, M J B, Excavated Bronze Age Burial Mounds of Durham and N' land., (1994), 85
Charlesworth, D, AM7, (1962)

Source: Historic England

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