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Round barrow on Givendale Rigg, 1.5km south west of Givendale Head Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Ebberston and Yedingham, North Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.2645 / 54°15'52"N

Longitude: -0.6408 / 0°38'26"W

OS Eastings: 488626.017001

OS Northings: 486273.161179

OS Grid: SE886862

Mapcode National: GBR RMZ4.22

Mapcode Global: WHGC3.423M

Entry Name: Round barrow on Givendale Rigg, 1.5km south west of Givendale Head Farm

Scheduled Date: 19 January 1968

Last Amended: 11 February 2002

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020517

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34607

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

Details

The monument includes a round barrow, situated on level ground at the edge of
a mature conifer plantation immediately to the west of a south west to
north east aligned forestry track, located on Middle Calcareous Grit towards
the southern fringe of the Tabular Hills.
The earthen mound of the barrow is sub-circular in plan with an irregularly
shaped profile 11m in diameter and 0.8m high. The western side is well
defined, whilst others have suffered degrees of disturbance. The eastern side
of the barrow has been cut by a surfaced forestry track, removing this portion
of its mound. The northern and southern sides of the mound have been disturbed
by a 6m wide north-south excavation trench through the centre of the barrow.
Excavated material lies on top of the mound either side of the excavation
trench.
The surfaced forestry track cutting the eastern side of the eastern barrow is
excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath it is included.

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.

The round barrow on Givendale Rigg, 1.5km south west of Givendale Head
Farm survives well. Despite the disturbance caused to the barrow by
excavation in the past and activities relating to forestry, 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

Sources

Books and journals
Dalby Forest Survey, (1996)

Source: Historic England

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