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Round barrow in Dalby Forest, known as Waitcliff Howe

A Scheduled Monument in Ebberston and Yedingham, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.307 / 54°18'25"N

Longitude: -0.5996 / 0°35'58"W

OS Eastings: 491213.236822

OS Northings: 491054.341178

OS Grid: SE912910

Mapcode National: GBR SL7M.ZV

Mapcode Global: WHGBX.R0NJ

Entry Name: Round barrow in Dalby Forest, known as Waitcliff Howe

Scheduled Date: 24 April 2002

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020589

English Heritage Legacy ID: 35162

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Ebberston and Yedingham

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Ebberston St Mary

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a round barrow which is situated in a prominent
position on level ground, at the top of the northern scarp edge of the
Tabular Hills.
The barrow has an earth and stone mound which has a diameter of 15m and
stands up to 1m high. Partial excavation in the past has left a hollow in
the centre of the mound.
The round barrow lies in an area in which there are many other prehistoric
monuments, including further barrows and the remains of prehistoric land

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 limited disturbance, the round barrow in Dalby Forest, known as
Waitcliff Howe has survived well. Significant information about the
original form of the barrow and the burials placed within it will be
preserved. Evidence for earlier land use and the contemporary environment
will also survive beneath the barrow mound. The barrow is one of a pair
of burial monuments. Such clusters provide important insight into the
development of ritual and funerary practice during the Bronze Age. The
pair are situated within an area which includes other groups of burial
monuments as well as networks of prehistoric land boundaries. Associated
groups of monuments such as these offer important scope for the study of
the distribution of prehistoric activity across the landscape.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Northern Archaeological Associates, , North York Moors Forest Survey Phase Two, (1996)

Source: Historic England

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