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Round barrow in Dalby Forest, 1100m south west of Jingleby Tower

A Scheduled Monument in Allerston, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.282 / 54°16'55"N

Longitude: -0.6465 / 0°38'47"W

OS Eastings: 488217.926152

OS Northings: 488219.5016

OS Grid: SE882882

Mapcode National: GBR RLXX.TS

Mapcode Global: WHGBX.1MFP

Entry Name: Round barrow in Dalby Forest, 1100m south west of Jingleby Tower

Scheduled Date: 7 November 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020223

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34695

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 east facing slope above the heads of
Heck Dale and Sand Dale.
The barrow has a flat-topped earth and stone mound which measures 5m in
diameter and stands up to 0.6m high.
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

The round barrow in Dalby Forest, 1100m south west of Jingleby Tower is
in a good state of preservation. It is among only a few barrows identified in
the Dalby Forest area which do not appear to have been excavated in the past.
It will therefore have undisturbed archaeological deposits in the centre
relating to the primary burial, which are less likely to survive in the part-
excavated barrows. Important 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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