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Round barrow on Givendale Rigg, 1.6km south west of Givendale Head Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Ebberston and Yedingham, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2649 / 54°15'53"N

Longitude: -0.6443 / 0°38'39"W

OS Eastings: 488398.283822

OS Northings: 486319.323

OS Grid: SE883863

Mapcode National: GBR RMY3.9X

Mapcode Global: WHGC3.22G8

Entry Name: Round barrow on Givendale Rigg, 1.6km south west of Givendale Head Farm

Scheduled Date: 19 January 1968

Last Amended: 11 February 2002

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020516

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34591

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Ebberston and Yedingham

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Allerston St John

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a round barrow, situated on level ground 70m to the
east of a track leading from Warren House to Givendale Head Farm,located on
Middle Calcareous Grit towards the southern fringe of the Tabular Hills.
The earthen mound of the barrow is 12m in diameter and 0.70m high. The mound
is well defined except for the southern and eastern sides, which have been
disturbed by unrecorded excavation in the past. The excavation has led to the
creation of a circular depression close to the mound's summit 3m in diameter
and 0.5m deep.

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

The round barrow on Givendale Rigg, 1.6km south west of Givendale Head
Farm survives well despite the disturbance caused to the barrow by
excavation in the past. Significant information about the original form
of the barrow and the burial placed within it will be preserved. Evidence
for earlier land use and the contemporary environment will also survive
beneath the barrow's mound.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Dalby Forest Survey, (1996)

Source: Historic England

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