Round barrow on Newclose Rigg, 500m south west of Adder Stone

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1020215

Date first listed: 07-Mar-1969

Date of most recent amendment: 28-Aug-2001

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round barrow on Newclose Rigg, 500m south west of Adder Stone
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Location

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County: North Yorkshire

District: Ryedale (District Authority)

Parish: Thornton-le-Dale

National Park: NORTH YORK MOORS

National Grid Reference: SE 87590 89654

Summary

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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.

Despite limited disturbance, the round barrow on Newclose Rigg, 500m south west of Adder Stone 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 belongs to a group of five burial monuments which extends along Newclose Rigg and lies in an area where there are many similar groups. Such clusters, and their associations with similar monument groups, provide important insight into the development and distribution of ritual and funerary practice during the Bronze Age.

History

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Details

The monument includes a round barrow which is situated in a prominent position on the central plateau of the Tabular Hills. It lies in Dalby Forest, on a gentle north-facing slope overlooking Longdale Howl. The barrow has an earth and stone mound which measures 14m in diameter and stands up to 1.4m high. Partial excavation in the past has left a hollow in the centre of the mound and another on the western edge. The barrow lies in an area which has many other prehistoric monuments, including further burials and the remains of prehistoric land division.

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.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 34690

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Northern Archaeological Associates, , North York Moors Forest Survey Phase Two, (1996)

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