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Round barrow 250m north of Givendale Head Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Allerston, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2779 / 54°16'40"N

Longitude: -0.6283 / 0°37'41"W

OS Eastings: 489412.9766

OS Northings: 487787.860622

OS Grid: SE894877

Mapcode National: GBR SL1Z.S7

Mapcode Global: WHGBX.BQ2V

Entry Name: Round barrow 250m north of Givendale Head Farm

Scheduled Date: 24 April 2002

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020591

English Heritage Legacy ID: 35165

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 on level ground, in
a prominent position between the heads of Givendale and Troutsdale. It
lies in Dalby Forest, on the central plateau of the Tabular Hills.
The barrow has an earth and stone mound which has a diameter of 18m and
stands up to 2m high. Partial excavation in the past has left a hollow in
the centre of the mound.
The round barrow lies in an area in which there are many other prehistoric
monuments, including further barrows and the remains of prehistoric land

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 250m north of Givendale Head
Farm has survived well. Significant information about the original form of
the barrow and the burials placed within it will be preserved. Evidence
for earlier land use and the contemporary environment will also survive
beneath the barrow mound. The barrow is the only survivor of a pair of
burial monuments. Such clusters provide important insight into the
development of ritual and funerary practice during the Bronze Age. It lies
in an area where there are many other burial monuments, as well as a
concentration of prehistoric land boundaries. The relationships between
these monuments are important for understanding the division and use of
the landscape for social, ritual and agricultural purposes during the
later 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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