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Two round barrows 60m south east of the Adder Stone

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Two round barrows 60m south east of the Adder Stone

List entry Number: 1020430


The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: North Yorkshire

District: Ryedale

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Allerston


Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 07-Mar-1969

Date of most recent amendment: 07-Mar-2002

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 34593

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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 the limited disturbance caused by unrecorded excavation in the past and forestry activities, both of the round barrows 60m south east of the Adder Stone survive well. Significant information about the original forms of the barrows and the burials placed within them will be preserved. Evidence for earlier land use and the contemporary environment will also survive beneath the barrows' mounds.


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The monument includes two round barrows located on level ground in a mature conifer plantation on Adderstone Rigg, approximately 10m to the north of Dalby Forest Drive, towards the southern edge of the Tabular Hills.

The western barrow has a well-defined earth mound which measures up to 11m in diameter and stands up to 1.2m high. Unrecorded excavation in the past has left a depression in the northern and central parts of the mound 4m wide, 7m long and up to 0.6m deep. The eastern barrow has a well-defined earth mound which measures up to 11m in diameter and stands up to 1.5m high. The northern aspect of the barrow has become partially truncated, possibly due to unrecorded excavation in the past.

The barrows lie within a concentration of prehistoric burial monuments in an area which also includes 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.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Dalby Forest Survey, (1996)
Dalby Forest Survey, (1996)

National Grid Reference: SE 87833 90074


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