Bronze Age Earthworks
Northeast of Silpho, North Yorkshire OS Map Ref SE972933
OS Maps - Landranger 101 (Scarborough), Explorer OL27 (North York Moors - Eastern Area)
Thieves Dikes are a series of earthworks believed to have been constructed during the middle Bronze Age or later. As with the nearby Dargate Dikes their purpose is unclear - it could be that they marked territorial boundaries or they could have had a defensive role, they could even have been used for cattle ranching.
The best preserved of the Thieves Dikes survives within the eastern edge of Broxa Forest at SE972933 where a pair of banks up to 2 metres high enclose the ditch that now forms a track from a road junction southwest into the woods. Further to the southeast beyond the trees are more banks and ditches that also run southwest before swinging abruptly to the northwest - these however have been much damaged by ploughing.
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