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Round barrow 200m north west of High Park Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Ebberston and Yedingham, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2524 / 54°15'8"N

Longitude: -0.628 / 0°37'40"W

OS Eastings: 489485.430219

OS Northings: 484942.827019

OS Grid: SE894849

Mapcode National: GBR SM18.TD

Mapcode Global: WHGC3.BC6X

Entry Name: Round barrow 200m north west of High Park Farm

Scheduled Date: 24 October 1968

Last Amended: 16 October 2002

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020837

English Heritage Legacy ID: 35446

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 on level ground on
the southern slopes of the Tabular Hills.
The barrow originally had a sub-circular mound constructed of earth and
stone, which had a diameter of 22m. The mound was surrounded by a ditch up
to 3m wide. Over the years, ploughing has levelled the barrow mound and
filled in the surrounding ditch so that they are no longer visible as
earthworks. However, the ditch survives below the ground surface as a
subsoil feature and this can be seen as a cropmark on aerial photographs.
The barrow lies close to the prehistoric linear boundary known as the
Scamridge Dikes, in an area which also includes many other prehistoric
burial monuments.

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 levelling by ploughing, the round barrow 200m north west of High
Park Farm has surviving archaeological deposits which will preserve
significant information about its date and original form. Important
environmental evidence which can be used to determine the contemporary
environment will also survive within the buried ditch.
The barrow was originally one of a pair, situated in an area which has
many other prehistoric burial monuments, as well as a complex network of
prehistoric land boundaries. Associated groups of monuments such as these
offer important scope for the study of the distribution and development of
human activity across the landscape throughout the prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England


AJC 002/22, (1983)
Pacitto, A L, AM107, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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