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Round barrow 600m west of Scamridge Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Ebberston and Yedingham, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2591 / 54°15'32"N

Longitude: -0.6337 / 0°38'1"W

OS Eastings: 489101.473614

OS Northings: 485689.487284

OS Grid: SE891856

Mapcode National: GBR SM05.LZ

Mapcode Global: WHGC3.76HQ

Entry Name: Round barrow 600m west of Scamridge Farm

Scheduled Date: 29 July 1964

Last Amended: 16 October 2002

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020831

English Heritage Legacy ID: 35164

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 towards the top of
a gentle east-facing slope. It lies in Dalby Forest, on the southern
slopes of the Tabular Hills.
The barrow has an earth and stone mound which has a diameter of 10m and
stands up to 0.9m high. The mound has an irregular surface. 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 gatepost which is situated at the north eastern corner of the mound is
excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath it is included.

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 600m west of Scamridge 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 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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