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Round barrow 490m south west of High Langdale End

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

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Latitude: 54.3417 / 54°20'29"N

Longitude: -0.5786 / 0°34'42"W

OS Eastings: 492503.406717

OS Northings: 494943.565498

OS Grid: SE925949

Mapcode National: GBR SLD7.JD

Mapcode Global: WHGBR.24RF

Entry Name: Round barrow 490m south west of High Langdale End

Scheduled Date: 25 November 1969

Last Amended: 9 February 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020198

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34522

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Darncombe-cum-Langdale End

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire


The monument includes a round barrow situated on level ground towards the
eastern edge of Langdale Forest.
The barrow has a well-defined earth and stone mound which stands up to 1.5m
high and measures 20m in diameter. The mound was originally surrounded by a
ditch up to 3m wide which has become filled in over the years by soil slipping
from the mound so that it is no longer visible as an earthwork. This ditch,
however, will survive as a buried feature except where a surfaced trackway
runs 0.8m below the base of the mound around its southern edge. Here the
trackway truncates the buried ditch and it is therefore not included in the
scheduling. 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.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

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 490m 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 and in the surviving part of the buried ditch.
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


Books and journals
Smith, M J B, Excavated Bronze Age Burial Mounds of Durham and N' land., (1994), 146
Spratt, D A , 'Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology in North East Yorkshire' in Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology of North East Yorkshire, , Vol. 87, (1993)
Title: 1st Edition Ordnance Survey 25" sheet 61/16
Source Date: 1892

Source: Historic England

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