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Aldro earthworks: a bowl barrow on Birdsall Wold, 450m north-west of Aldro Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Birdsall, North Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.058 / 54°3'28"N

Longitude: -0.7724 / 0°46'20"W

OS Eastings: 480454.90375

OS Northings: 463147.72911

OS Grid: SE804631

Mapcode National: GBR RP1J.L2

Mapcode Global: WHFBW.38GD

Entry Name: Aldro earthworks: a bowl barrow on Birdsall Wold, 450m north-west of Aldro Farm

Scheduled Date: 17 January 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007511

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20498

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Birdsall

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: West Buckrose

Church of England Diocese: York

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a plateau at the western end
of Birdsall Wold. It is one of a number of prehistoric monuments in the
vicinity of Aldro Farm.
Although altered over the years by agricultural activity and no longer visible
as a mound, an infilled ditch which encircled the barrow has been observed on
aerial photographs. The ditch has an external diameter of 20m.
There is no evidence that this barrow has ever been excavated; therefore its
buried features, including burials and the infilled ditch are thought to
remain intact.

MAP EXTRACT
The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 3 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
protection.

Although the barrow has been partially altered by agricultural activity,
below-ground remains of the encircling ditch and the contents of grave pits
will survive intact.
The monument is one 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

Sources

Other
Stoetz, K., RCHME Survey,

Source: Historic England

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