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Round barrow on Newclose Rigg, 380m south of Adder Stone

A Scheduled Monument in Allerston, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2957 / 54°17'44"N

Longitude: -0.6533 / 0°39'11"W

OS Eastings: 487746.432401

OS Northings: 489733.219931

OS Grid: SE877897

Mapcode National: GBR RLWR.CW

Mapcode Global: WHGBW.Y926

Entry Name: Round barrow on Newclose Rigg, 380m south of Adder Stone

Scheduled Date: 7 March 1969

Last Amended: 28 August 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020214

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34689

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Allerston

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire


The monument includes a round barrow which is situated in a prominent position
on the central plateau of the Tabular Hills. It lies in Dalby Forest, at the
top of a north west facing slope overlooking Longdale Howl and Dixon's Slack.
The barrow has an earth and stone mound which measures 19m in diameter and
stands up to 2.5m high. Partial excavation in the past has left a hollow in
the centre of the mound.
The barrow lies in an area which has many other prehistoric monuments,
including further burials and the remains of prehistoric land division.

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

Round barrows 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 mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered
single or multiple burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as
cemeteries and often acted as a focus of 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 examples recorded nationally (many more have already
been destroyed), occurring across most of Britain, including the Wessex area
where it is often possible to classify them more closely, for example as bowl
or bell barrows. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major
historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable variation in
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

Despite limited disturbance, the round barrow on Newclose Rigg, 380m south of
Adder Stone has survived well. Significant information about the original
form of the barrow and the burials placed within it will be preserved.
Evidence for earlier land use and the contemporary environment will also
survive beneath the barrow mound.
The barrow belongs to a group of five burial monuments which extends along
Newclose Rigg and lies in an area where there are many similar groups. Such
clusters, and their associations with similar monument groups, provide
important insight into the development and distribution of ritual and funerary
practice during the Bronze Age.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Northern Archaeological Associates, , North York Moors Forest Survey Phase Two, (1996)

Source: Historic England

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