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Round barrow in Dalby Forest, 1190m south west of Jingleby Tower

A Scheduled Monument in Allerston, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.282 / 54°16'55"N

Longitude: -0.6482 / 0°38'53"W

OS Eastings: 488108.8924

OS Northings: 488211.585308

OS Grid: SE881882

Mapcode National: GBR RLXX.GS

Mapcode Global: WHGBX.0MMR

Entry Name: Round barrow in Dalby Forest, 1190m south west of Jingleby Tower

Scheduled Date: 7 November 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020222

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34694

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Allerston

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire


The monument includes a round barrow which is situated on the central plateau
of the Tabular Hills, on a gentle south-facing slope above the heads of Heck
Dale and Sand Dale.
The barrow has an earth and stone mound which measures 7m in diameter and
stands up to 0.6m high. The surface of the mound is irregular as a result of
both partial excavation in the past and modern forestry operations. The
northern edge of the mound has been truncated by an unsurfaced forestry track.
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 in Dalby Forest, 1190m south
west of Jingleby Tower 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 is one of a pair, the other being the subject of a separate
scheduling, which lies in an area where there are many other prehistoric
burial monuments. The association with similar monuments provides insight into
the distribution of ritual and funerary activity across the landscape during
the prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England


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

Source: Historic England

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