Aldergate Bank round barrow, 875m north west of Wether Cote


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1019514

Date first listed: 29-Oct-1968

Date of most recent amendment: 24-Nov-2000


Ordnance survey map of Aldergate Bank round barrow, 875m north west of Wether Cote
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: North Yorkshire

District: Ryedale (District Authority)

Parish: Nawton


National Grid Reference: SE 64281 90080


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Reasons for Designation

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 protection.

The majority of round barrows in the region were dug into by 19th century antiquarians in search of burials and artifacts, leaving behind a central depression as evidence of their work. However excavations in the latter half of the 20th century have shown that round barrows typically contain archaeological information that survives earlier digging. Secondary burials tend to be located within the main body of the mound and sometimes one of these was mistaken for the primary burial which was usual the goal of the antiquarian. Even when the primary burial has been excavated, further secondary burials often survive in the undisturbed surrounding part of the mound and infilled ditch. Additional valuable information about the mound's construction and the local environment at the time of its construction will also survive antiquarian excavation. Aldergate Bank round barrow, 875m north west of Wether Cote is a good example of a small, but prominently placed burial mound which will retain important information about Bronze Age burial practices and society in the area.


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The monument includes the earthwork and associated buried remains of a prehistoric burial mound sited at the top of Aldergate Bank, overlooking Sleightholme Dale to the east. The round barrow is in a very prominent position and can be seen as part of the skyline from a wide area to both east and west. It is intervisible with another round barrow sited on the edge of the scarp at Potato Nab 750m to the north west. With the removal of intervening trees, it may also be intervisible with Stone Ruckles round barrow 1.2km to the WNW. Both these round barrows are the subject of separate schedulings. The monument survives as a 10m diameter mound sited on slightly sloping ground, centred 7m west of the sharp break of slope down into the dale. It stands 1m high on its downhill eastern side and 0.3m high on its uphill side with a central depression 3m in diameter and up to 0.2m deep. This depression is thought to be the result of an unrecorded excavation in the past. From a surface inspection, the round barrow appears to be of earthen construction with a large proportion of cobble sized stones. Excavation of other examples of round barrows in the region have shown that even where no encircling depression is discernible on the modern ground surface, ditches immediately around the outside of the mound frequently survive as infilled features, containing additional archaeological deposits. A margin to allow for such an infilled ditch up to 2m wide is thus also included within the monument.

MAP EXTRACT 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.


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Legacy System number: 32688

Legacy System: RSM

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