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Round barrow in Dalby Forest, 870m east of Ebberston Common House

A Scheduled Monument in Ebberston and Yedingham, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2944 / 54°17'39"N

Longitude: -0.6041 / 0°36'14"W

OS Eastings: 490951.36868

OS Northings: 489655.350848

OS Grid: SE909896

Mapcode National: GBR SL7S.0B

Mapcode Global: WHGBX.PBJ5

Entry Name: Round barrow in Dalby Forest, 870m east of Ebberston Common House

Scheduled Date: 11 February 2002

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020334

English Heritage Legacy ID: 35156

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Ebberston and Yedingham

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Snainton St Stephen

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a round barrow which is situated on a gentle west-facing
slope on the central plateau of the Tabular Hills.
The barrow has an earth and stone mound which stands up to 0.6m high.
Formerly, the mound had a maximum diameter of 15m, but it has been truncated
by forestry ploughing so that now it measures only 9m in diameter. Whilst
upstanding remains have been truncated below ground, remains of the full
extent of the barrow will survive and are included in the area of protection.
The barrow is one of a pair and lies in an area which has many other
prehistoric monuments, including further burials and the remains of
prehistoric land division.

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 disturbance, the round barrow in Dalby Forest, 870m east of Ebberston
Common House has surviving archaeological deposits which will preserve
significant information about the original form of the barrow and the burials
placed within it. Evidence for earlier land use and the contemporary
environment will also survive beneath the barrow mound.
The barrow is one of a pair which is situated close to a prehistoric linear
boundary in an area which also includes many other burial monuments and
remains of prehistoric land division. The relationships between these
monuments are important for understanding the division and use of the
landscape for social, ritual and agricultural purposes during the later
prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Northern Archaeological Associates, , North York Moors Forest Survey Phase Two, (1996)
Title: Ordnance Survey 2nd Edition 25" sheet 76/11
Source Date: 1912

Source: Historic England

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