Round cairn in Dalby Forest, 340m south of Jingleby Tower


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1020224

Date first listed: 07-Nov-2001


Ordnance survey map of Round cairn in Dalby Forest, 340m south of Jingleby Tower
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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: Allerston


National Grid Reference: SE 88993 88724


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Reasons for Designation

Round cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as stone mounds covering single or multiple burials. These burials may be placed within the mound in stone-lined compartments called cists. In some cases the cairn was surrounded by a ditch. Often occupying prominent locations, cairns are a major visual element in the modern landscape. They are a relatively common feature of the uplands and are the stone equivalent of the earthen round barrows of the lowlands. Their considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation 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 cairn in Dalby Forest, 340m south of Jingleby Tower has survived well. It is thought to be among only a few burial monuments identified in the Dalby Forest area which do not appear to have been excavated in the past. It will therefore have undisturbed archaeological deposits in the centre relating to the primary burial, which are less likely to survive in part-excavated barrows and cairns. Important evidence for earlier land use and the contemporary environment will also survive beneath the cairn. This cairn is the only one to survive in a group which originally had seven burial monuments. The association with other similar monuments which lie in the surrounding area provides insight into the distribution of ritual and funerary activity across the landscape during the prehistoric period.


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The monument includes a round cairn which is situated on level ground on the central plateau of the Tabular Hills. The cairn has a stony mound which measures 8m in diameter and stands up to 0.7m high. The surface of the mound is irregular as a result of modern forestry operations. 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.


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Legacy System number: 35151

Legacy System: RSM


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

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