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Round barrow 200m north west of the Adder Stone

A Scheduled Monument in Allerston, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.3004 / 54°18'1"N

Longitude: -0.6547 / 0°39'16"W

OS Eastings: 487645.296

OS Northings: 490251.625

OS Grid: SE876902

Mapcode National: GBR RLWQ.16

Mapcode Global: WHGBW.X5FL

Entry Name: Round barrow 200m north west of the Adder Stone

Scheduled Date: 7 March 1969

Last Amended: 11 February 2002

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020432

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34596

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Allerston

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire


The monument includes a round barrow located on level ground overlooking
Staindale Beck to the south, in a mature conifer plantation on Adderstone
Rigg, towards the southern edge of the Tabular Hills. The barrow has a
well-defined earth mound which measures up to 10m in diameter and stands
up to 0.8m high.

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 forestry planting and extraction
the round barrow 200m north west of the Adder Stone survives well.
Significant information about the original form of the barrow and the
burial placed within it will be preserved. Evidence for earlier land use
and the contemporary environment will also survive beneath the barrow

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Dalby Forest Survey, (1996)

Source: Historic England

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