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Round barrow 610m south west of High Langdale End

A Scheduled Monument in Darncombe-cum-Langdale End, North Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.3401 / 54°20'24"N

Longitude: -0.5791 / 0°34'44"W

OS Eastings: 492476.896964

OS Northings: 494768.751824

OS Grid: SE924947

Mapcode National: GBR SLD7.FY

Mapcode Global: WHGBR.25JN

Entry Name: Round barrow 610m south west of High Langdale End

Scheduled Date: 11 October 2000

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019443

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34523

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Darncombe-cum-Langdale End

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Details

The monument includes a round barrow situated on level ground towards the
eastern edge of Langdale Forest.
The barrow has an earthen mound which stands up to 1.2m high and measures 18m
in diameter. In the centre of the mound there is a hollow caused by partial
excavation in the past.
The barrow is one of a group of six and lies in an area rich in prehistoric
monuments including further round barrows, field systems and clearance cairns.

MAP EXTRACT
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 barrows 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 mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered
single or multiple burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as
cemeteries and often acted as a focus of 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 examples recorded nationally (many more have already
been destroyed), occurring across most of Britain, including the Wessex area
where it is often possible to classify them more closely, for example as bowl
or bell barrows. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major
historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable variation in
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
protection.

Despite limited disturbance, the round barrow 610m south west of High Langdale
End has survived well. Significant information about the original form of the
barrow and the burials placed within it will be preserved. Evidence for
earlier land use and the contemporary environment will also survive beneath
the barrow mound. The barrow is one of a group of six burial monuments and
such clusters provide important insight into the development of ritual and
funerary practice during the Bronze Age.

Source: Historic England

Sources

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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