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Two round barrows in Dalby Forest, 70m north of Broad Head Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Ebberston and Yedingham, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2815 / 54°16'53"N

Longitude: -0.6161 / 0°36'58"W

OS Eastings: 490196.562272

OS Northings: 488198.434222

OS Grid: SE901881

Mapcode National: GBR SL4X.DZ

Mapcode Global: WHGBX.HNT3

Entry Name: Two round barrows in Dalby Forest, 70m north of Broad Head Farm

Scheduled Date: 24 April 2002

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020649

English Heritage Legacy ID: 35166

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 two round barrows which are situated in a prominent
position towards the top of a west-facing slope. It lies near the head of
Troutsdale, on the central plateau of the Tabular Hills.
The northern barrow has an earthen mound which stands up to 1.6m high and
has a maximum diameter of 14m. The eastern half of the mound has largely
been removed by partial excavation in the past and is no more than 0.3m
high; the remaining higher western part of the mound is crescent-shaped
and has a maximum width of 7m east to west.
The southern barrow lies 16m to the south of the northern barrow. It has
an earthen mound which stands up to 1.3m high and has a maximum diameter
of 13m. Partial excavation in the past has left the surface of the mound
irregular with a hollow in the centre.
The round barrows lie in an area in which there are many other prehistoric
monuments, including further barrows and the remains of prehistoric land
The fence which runs approximately north to south at the north east and
south east edges of the monument is excluded from the scheduling, although
the ground beneath it is included.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

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 two round barrows in Dalby Forest, 70m
north of Broad Head Farm have survived well. Significant information about
the original form of the barrows and the burials placed within them will
be preserved. Evidence for earlier land use and the contemporary
environment will also survive beneath the barrow mounds. The barrows
belong to a group of three burial monuments. Such clusters provide
important insight into the development of ritual and funerary practice
during the Bronze Age. They lie in an area where there are many other
burial monuments, as well as a concentration of prehistoric land
boundaries. The relationships between these monuments are important for
understanding the division and use of the landscape for social, ritual and
agricultural purposes during the later prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England


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

Source: Historic England

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