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Round barrow 470m north of Keeper's Cottage

A Scheduled Monument in Allerston, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2468 / 54°14'48"N

Longitude: -0.6447 / 0°38'41"W

OS Eastings: 488407.8948

OS Northings: 484307.857778

OS Grid: SE884843

Mapcode National: GBR RMYB.6D

Mapcode Global: WHGC3.2J85

Entry Name: Round barrow 470m north of Keeper's Cottage

Scheduled Date: 19 January 1968

Last Amended: 11 February 2002

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020331

English Heritage Legacy ID: 35153

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Allerston

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Allerston St John

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a round barrow which is situated towards the southern
edge of the Tabular Hills, on a gentle south-facing slope overlooking the
valley of Ox Dale.
The barrow has an earth and stone mound which measures 9m in diameter and
stands up to 0.7m 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

Despite limited disturbance, the round barrow 470m north of Keeper's Cottage
has survived well. It is thought to be among only a few burial monuments
identified in the Dalby Forest area which do not appear to have been excavated
in the past and it will therefore have undisturbed archaeological deposits in
the centre relating to the primary burial, which are less likely to survive in
part-excavated examples. Important evidence for earlier land use and the
contemporary environment will also survive beneath the barrow mound.
The barrow 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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