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Round barrow 420m north west of Jingleby Thorn

A Scheduled Monument in Allerston, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2956 / 54°17'44"N

Longitude: -0.6342 / 0°38'3"W

OS Eastings: 488987.085822

OS Northings: 489742.391368

OS Grid: SE889897

Mapcode National: GBR SL0R.HX

Mapcode Global: WHGBX.7979

Entry Name: Round barrow 420m north west of Jingleby Thorn

Scheduled Date: 7 March 2002

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020521

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34611

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 located on level ground to the immediate
west of a south west-north east aligned surfaced forestry track, situated on
Passage Beds towards the southern edge of the Tabular Hills. The earthen
mound of the barrow measures 12m in diameter and 1.7m high. The south eastern
edge of the barrow has been cut by the surfaced forestry track, removing part
of the mound. An unrecorded excavation in the past has left a sub-rectangular
trench in the mound's summit, measuring 7m by 3m and 0.7m deep.
The surfaced forestry track to the south east of the barrow is excluded from
the scheduling, although the ground beneath it is included.

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, 420m north west of Jingleby Thorn survives well. Despite
the disturbance to the barrow significant information about its original
form and the burial placed 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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