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Aldro earthworks: a bowl barrow on Hanging Grimston Wold 100m west of Stone Sleights Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Acklam, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.0449 / 54°2'41"N

Longitude: -0.7759 / 0°46'33"W

OS Eastings: 480252.423466

OS Northings: 461689.210636

OS Grid: SE802616

Mapcode National: GBR RP0N.TR

Mapcode Global: WHFBW.1LTF

Entry Name: Aldro earthworks: a bowl barrow on Hanging Grimston Wold 100m west of Stone Sleights Farm

Scheduled Date: 15 January 1931

Last Amended: 27 January 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007497

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20504

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Acklam

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Kirby Underdale All Saints

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a plateau at the north side of
Hanging Grimston Wold, close to the head of Brownmoor Dale. It is one of a
number of prehistoric monuments in the vicinity of Aldro Farm.
The barrow comprises a 1.5m high mound, 37m in diameter, surrounded by an
infilled ditch, from which the material used to construct the mound was
excavated, and which is estimated to define the diameter of the barrow at 43m.
The barrow was recorded by J R Mortimer in the 19th century but was not
excavated; buried features, including burials and the infilled ditch, with an
estimated width of 3m, will remain undisturbed.

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

Bowl barrows, the most numerous form of round barrow, 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 or rubble mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered single or multiple
burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as cemeteries and often
acted as a focus for 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 bowl
barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring
across most of lowland Britain. Often occupying prominent locations, they are
a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable
variation of 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

The barrow has not apparently been altered by agricultural activity and has
not been excavated; its contents will remain intact.
The monument is one of the best preserved of a closely associated group of
barrows which have further associations with broadly contemporary boundary
earthworks on Birdsall Wold. Similar groups of monuments are also known from
other parts of the Wolds and from the southern edge of the North York Moors.
Such associations between monuments offer important scope for the study of the
division of land for social, ritual and agricultural purposes in different
geographical areas during the prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Mortimer, J R , Forty Years Researches in British and Saxon Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905)

Source: Historic England

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