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Round barrow 440m north of Jingleby Thorn

A Scheduled Monument in Ebberston and Yedingham, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2975 / 54°17'51"N

Longitude: -0.6294 / 0°37'45"W

OS Eastings: 489296.365822

OS Northings: 489966.594178

OS Grid: SE892899

Mapcode National: GBR SL1R.J7

Mapcode Global: WHGBX.97JS

Entry Name: Round barrow 440m north of Jingleby Thorn

Scheduled Date: 22 January 1969

Last Amended: 7 March 2002

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020652

English Heritage Legacy ID: 35174

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 which is situated in a prominent
ridge-top position between the valleys of Worry Gill and Sandy Gill. It lies
on the central plateau of the Tabular Hills.
The barrow has an earthen mound which stands up to 0.6m high. Formerly the
mound had a diameter of 31m, but over the years it has been reduced by
ploughing so that now it measures only 20m.
The barrow lies in an area where there are many other burial monuments as well
as the remains of prehistoric land division.

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 disturbance, the round barrow 440m north of Jingleby Thorn has
surviving archaeological deposits which will preserve information about
the original form of the barrow and the burials placed within it. Evidence
for earlier land use and the contemporary environment will also survive
beneath the barrow mound.
The barrow 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)
Craster, OE, AM7, (1968)

Source: Historic England

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