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Round barrow 250m south east of the Adder Stone

A Scheduled Monument in Allerston, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2977 / 54°17'51"N

Longitude: -0.6493 / 0°38'57"W

OS Eastings: 487998.63093

OS Northings: 489960.867

OS Grid: SE879899

Mapcode National: GBR RLXR.65

Mapcode Global: WHGBX.072N

Entry Name: Round barrow 250m south east of the Adder Stone

Scheduled Date: 7 March 1969

Last Amended: 7 March 2002

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020431

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34595

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 situated on gentle southward sloping
ground in a mature conifer plantation on Adderstone Rigg, approximately
15m to the south of Dalby Forest Drive, towards the southern edge of the
Tabular Hills.
The barrow has a well-defined earth mound which measures approximately 20m
in diameter and stands 1.7m high. An unrecorded excavation in the past has
left a depression 8 sq m and 2m deep in the centre of the barrow.
The barrow lies 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 excavation in the past the round
barrow 250m south east of the Adder Stone survives well. Significant
information about the original form of the barrow and the burial within it
will be preserved. Evidence for earlier land use and the contemporary
environment will also survive beneath the barrow mound.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Dalby Forest Survey, (1996)

Source: Historic England

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