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

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

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

List entry Number: 1020649


The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: North Yorkshire

District: Ryedale

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Ebberston and Yedingham


Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 24-Apr-2002

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 35166

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

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 protection.

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.


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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 division. 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.

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

Selected Sources

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)

National Grid Reference: SE 90196 88198


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