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Round cairn 830m south west of Jingleby Tower

A Scheduled Monument in Allerston, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2852 / 54°17'6"N

Longitude: -0.6456 / 0°38'44"W

OS Eastings: 488267.792178

OS Northings: 488580.818

OS Grid: SE882885

Mapcode National: GBR RLYW.0M

Mapcode Global: WHGBX.1KV6

Entry Name: Round cairn 830m south west of Jingleby Tower

Scheduled Date: 7 November 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020220

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34687

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Allerston

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire


The monument includes a round cairn which is situated on level ground in Dalby
Forest, on the central plateau of the Tabular Hills.
The cairn has a stony mound which measures 8m in diameter and stands up to
0.5m high. Partial excavation in the past has left a hollow to the east of the
centre of the mound.
The cairn 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 cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age
(c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as stone mounds covering single or
multiple burials. These burials may be placed within the mound in stone-lined
compartments called cists. In some cases the cairn was surrounded by a ditch.
Often occupying prominent locations, cairns are a major visual element in the
modern landscape. They are a relatively common feature of the uplands and are
the stone equivalent of the earthen round barrows of the lowlands. Their
considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide
important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation
amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of
their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered
worthy of protection.

Despite limited disturbance, the round cairn 830m south west of Jingleby Tower
has survived well. Significant information about the original form of the
cairn and the burials placed within it will be preserved. Evidence for earlier
land use and the contemporary environment will also survive beneath the cairn.
This cairn belongs to a group of four burial monuments, the other three of
which are the subject of separate schedulings. Such clusters provide important
insight into the development of ritual and funerary practice during the Bronze

Source: Historic England


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

Source: Historic England

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