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Round barrow on Long Hill 430m west of Highdales

A Scheduled Monument in Silpho, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.325 / 54°19'29"N

Longitude: -0.5479 / 0°32'52"W

OS Eastings: 494540.033389

OS Northings: 493126.711169

OS Grid: SE945931

Mapcode National: GBR SLMF.5D

Mapcode Global: WHGBR.KKB8

Entry Name: Round barrow on Long Hill 430m west of Highdales

Scheduled Date: 6 October 2000

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019463

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34527

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Silpho

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Hackness with Harwood Dale

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a round barrow situated on a level ridge overlooking
Hard Dale Gill, towards the western edge of Broxa Forest.
The barrow has an earth and stone mound which stands up to 0.8m high and
measures 11m in diameter. In the centre of the mound there is a hollow caused
by partial excavation in 1949, which uncovered the remains of three
The barrow lies in an area rich in prehistoric burial monuments.

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

Despite limited disturbance, the round barrow on Long Hill 430m west of
Highdales 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 situated in an area where there are many other burial
monuments. Monument groups such as this offer important scope for the study
of the distribution across the landscape of prehistoric activity for ritual
and social purposes.

Source: Historic England


12617, (1998)
Title: Archaeological Survey Forestry Commission Areas North York Moors
Source Date: 1992

Source: Historic England

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