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Round barrow 540m south west of Bridge Farm

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.3014 / 54°18'5"N

Longitude: -0.5589 / 0°33'32"W

OS Eastings: 493873.087179

OS Northings: 490489.454601

OS Grid: SE938904

Mapcode National: GBR SLJP.ST

Mapcode Global: WHGBY.D42T

Entry Name: Round barrow 540m south west of Bridge Farm

Scheduled Date: 10 October 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020213

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34688

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Darncombe-cum-Langdale End

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Brompton-by-Sawdon All Saints

Church of England Diocese: York

Details

The monument includes a round barrow which is situated in a prominent position
at the top of the east-facing slope into Troutsdale, towards the northern edge
of the Tabular Hills.
The barrow has an earth and stone mound which measures up to 12m in diameter
and stands up to 0.9m high. The surface of the mound is irregular because of
slight disturbance by past forestry activities.
The barrow lies in an area which has many other prehistoric monuments,
including further burials and the remains of prehistoric land division.

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 540m south west of Bridge Farm
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 lies in an area where there are many other prehistoric burial
monuments. The association with similar monuments provides insight into the
distribution of ritual and funerary activity across the landscape during the
prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Northern Archaeological Associates, , North York Moors Forest Survey Phase Two, (1996)

Source: Historic England

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