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Round cairn at Dalby Snout, 690m north east of School Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Ebberston and Yedingham, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.3284 / 54°19'42"N

Longitude: -0.6019 / 0°36'6"W

OS Eastings: 491016.695986

OS Northings: 493433.561003

OS Grid: SE910934

Mapcode National: GBR SL7D.G5

Mapcode Global: WHGBQ.QGKN

Entry Name: Round cairn at Dalby Snout, 690m north east of School Farm

Scheduled Date: 25 November 1969

Last Amended: 9 November 2000

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019380

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34179

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Ebberston and Yedingham

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Ebberston St Mary

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a round cairn situated in a prominent position towards
the top of a south west facing slope in Langdale Forest.
The cairn has a stone mound which stands up to 0.7m high and measures 8m in
diameter. The top of the mound is flat and in the centre there is a hollow
caused by partial excavation in the past. The northern and eastern edges of
the mound have been clipped by forestry ploughing, giving them a straight-
sided appearance.
The round cairn lies in an area rich in prehistoric monuments including round
barrows, field systems and clearance cairns.

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

Round cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age
(c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as stone mounds covering single or
multiple burials. These burials may be placed within the mound in stone-lined
compartments called cists. In some cases the cairn was surrounded by a ditch.
Often occupying prominent locations, cairns are a major visual element in the
modern landscape. They are a relatively common feature of the uplands and are
the stone equivalent of the earthen round barrows of the lowlands. Their
considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide
important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation
amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of
their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered
worthy of protection.

Despite limited disturbance, the round cairn at Dalby Snout, 690m NNE of
School Farm has survived well. Significant information about the original form
of the cairn and the burials placed within it will be preserved. Evidence for
earlier land use and the contemporary environment will also survive beneath
the cairn.
The cairn is situated within an area which includes other burial monuments as
well as field systems and clearance cairns. Associated groups of monuments
such as these offer important scope for the study of the distribution of
prehistoric activity across the landscape.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Spratt, D A , 'Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology in North East Yorkshire' in Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology of North East Yorkshire, , Vol. 87, (1993)

Source: Historic England

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