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Two round barrows 60m south east of the Adder Stone

A Scheduled Monument in Allerston, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2987 / 54°17'55"N

Longitude: -0.6519 / 0°39'6"W

OS Eastings: 487832.873387

OS Northings: 490073.569036

OS Grid: SE878900

Mapcode National: GBR RLWQ.NS

Mapcode Global: WHGBW.Y6RV

Entry Name: Two round barrows 60m south east of the Adder Stone

Scheduled Date: 7 March 1969

Last Amended: 7 March 2002

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020430

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34593

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 two round barrows located on level ground in a
mature conifer plantation on Adderstone Rigg, approximately 10m to the
north of Dalby Forest Drive, towards the southern edge of the Tabular

The western barrow has a well-defined earth mound which measures up to 11m
in diameter and stands up to 1.2m high. Unrecorded excavation in the past
has left a depression in the northern and central parts of the mound 4m
wide, 7m long and up to 0.6m deep. The eastern barrow has a well-defined
earth mound which measures up to 11m in diameter and stands up to 1.5m
high. The northern aspect of the barrow has become partially truncated,
possibly due to unrecorded excavation in the past.

The barrows lie within a concentration of prehistoric burial monuments in
an area which also includes 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 the limited disturbance caused by unrecorded excavation in the
past and forestry activities, both of the round barrows 60m south east of
the Adder Stone survive well. Significant information about the original
forms of the barrows and the burials placed within them will be preserved.
Evidence for earlier land use and the contemporary environment will also
survive beneath the barrows' mounds.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Dalby Forest Survey, (1996)
Dalby Forest Survey, (1996)

Source: Historic England

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