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Dane's Graves

Barrow / Cairn Cemetery


From the Genuki website, information written in the 1820s.

"DANES DALE, in the parish of Great Driffield, and wapentake of Harthill; 3 miles NW. of Driffield. There are within one mile of this place a great number of Tumuli, amounting to about five hundred, which from time immemorial have been called " Danes Graves." History is silent concerning their origin, but it is highly probable that the Danes who appear to have had a fortified camp near Flamborough, may have issued from thence to ravage the country, and have fallen victims to Saxon valour. Each tumulus is three or four feet high, and from twenty to thirty feet in circumference at the base. Many of these ancient depositaries of the dead have been recently opened, and found to contain each a human skeleton, which from the dry calcareous nature of the soil has been kept in excellent preservation upwards of a thousand years."
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
15th March 2005ce
Edited 15th March 2005ce

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