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Round barrow 520m north of Ebberston Common House

A Scheduled Monument in Ebberston and Yedingham, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2969 / 54°17'48"N

Longitude: -0.6189 / 0°37'8"W

OS Eastings: 489980.201498

OS Northings: 489915.24993

OS Grid: SE899899

Mapcode National: GBR SL3R.SF

Mapcode Global: WHGBX.G8H7

Entry Name: Round barrow 520m north of Ebberston Common House

Scheduled Date: 7 March 2002

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020524

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34620

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, in a clearing
on the south eastern edge of a mature conifer plantation 30m north west of
Dalby Forest Drive, located on Middle Calcareous Grit towards the southern
fringe of the Tabular Hills.
The earthen mound of the barrow is 10m in diameter and 1.6m high. The mound
has pronounced western and southern facing sides but falls gradually to the
surrounding ground level on the northern and eastern sides.

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 520m north west of Ebberston Common House shows no signs
of having been excavated in the past, which is a rarity in the area.
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

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Dalby Forest Survey, (1996)

Source: Historic England

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