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Round barrow 500m west of Low Dalby

A Scheduled Monument in Thornton-le-Dale, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2739 / 54°16'26"N

Longitude: -0.6951 / 0°41'42"W

OS Eastings: 485070.403822

OS Northings: 487261.21173

OS Grid: SE850872

Mapcode National: GBR RML0.9P

Mapcode Global: WHGBW.9T7X

Entry Name: Round barrow 500m west of Low Dalby

Scheduled Date: 1 November 1972

Last Amended: 11 February 2002

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020520

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34610

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Thornton-le-Dale

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire


The monument includes a round barrow located on level ground, in a clearing in
a mature conifer plantation, 30m to the east of a north west-south east
aligned forestry track, situated on Middle Calcareous Grit towards the
southern edge of the Tabular Hills. The stone and earth mound of the barrow
measures 12m in diameter and 1m high. A depression 3m wide and 0.5m deep is
located at its centre and is thought to have been created by an unrecorded
excavation in the past.

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, 500m west of Low Dalby survives well. Despite the
disturbance to the barrow significant information about its original form
and the burial placed within it will be preserved. Evidence for earlier
land use and the contemporary environment will also survive beneath the
barrow mound.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Dalby Forest Survey, (1996)

Source: Historic England

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