Two round barrows 60m south east of the Adder Stone

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1020430

Date first listed: 07-Mar-1969

Date of most recent amendment: 07-Mar-2002

Map

Ordnance survey map of Two round barrows 60m south east of the Adder Stone
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Location

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County: North Yorkshire

District: Ryedale (District Authority)

Parish: Allerston

National Park: NORTH YORK MOORS

National Grid Reference: SE 87833 90074

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 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.

History

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Details

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.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: 34593

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

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

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