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Round barrow in Dalby Forest, 30m west of Broad Head Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Ebberston and Yedingham, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2808 / 54°16'50"N

Longitude: -0.6167 / 0°37'0"W

OS Eastings: 490158.264206

OS Northings: 488123.689151

OS Grid: SE901881

Mapcode National: GBR SL4Y.86

Mapcode Global: WHGBX.HNJM

Entry Name: Round barrow in Dalby Forest, 30m west of Broad Head Farm

Scheduled Date: 24 April 2002

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020650

English Heritage Legacy ID: 35167

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 top of a natural rise, above west and south-facing slopes. It
lies near the head of Troutsdale, on the central plateau of the Tabular
Hills. The barrow has an earthen mound which stands up to 2m high and has
a maximum diameter of 22m. Partial excavation in the past has left a
hollow in the mound to the north east of the centre.
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.

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, 30m west of
Broad Head Farm 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 belongs to a group
of three burial monuments. Such clusters provide important insight into
the development of ritual and funerary practice during the Bronze Age. It
lies 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)

Source: Historic England

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