Codhill Heights, Bronze Age burial mound

The high point of the ridge between Sleddale Beck and Codhill Slack on the moors south of Guisborough. A cairn on top of a tumulus marks the summit which stand at 972′ above sea level. The tumulus is listed as a round barrow, a burial mound dated to the early Bronze Age, that is between 2,500 and 1,500 B.C.

Round barrows would have been a common feature throughout Britain, but few in the lowlands survive today ones because of farming. Generally round barrows were clustered on ridges and hills and in woodland clearings and would have been used for family members over several generations.

After 1,500 B.C. the climate seemed to have undergone a change. It became cooler and more wetter resulting in a spread on blanket bog here on the moors. And whether related to that or nor burial practices also changed with cemeteries being unmarked.

To put the photo in context, the view is north east towards Gisborough Moor. My photo taken from Percy Cross shows Codhill Heights in the distance.


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