Five round barrows 700m north east of Littlewood Lodge


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Scheduled Monument
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
Bishop Burton
East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SE 95511 37805

Reasons for Designation

Bowl barrows, the most numerous form of round barrow, 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 or rubble mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered single or multiple burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as cemeteries and often acted as a focus for 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 bowl barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring across most of lowland Britain. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable variation of 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 partial excavation and limited plough damage all five barrows remain visible and will retain significant archaeological information on their original form and the burials placed within them. Information on the inter- relationship between individual barrows within the monument will be preserved, as will information on their relationship to adjacent barrows.


The monument includes five prehistoric round barrows, members of a group of barrows on this area of the Yorkshire Wolds. They are located in a roughly triangular group. The north-western barrow mound is 1.75m high and 50m in diameter. The north-eastern barrow mound is 1.5m high and 56m in diameter. The eastern barrow mound is 0.4m high and 35m in diameter, while the western one is 0.2m high and 17m, in diameter. The southern barrow mound, in the point of the triangle is 1.3m high and 17m in diameter. Although no longer visible at ground level, ditches, from which material was excavated during the construction of the monuments, surround the barrow mounds. These have become infilled over the years but survive as buried features 4m wide. The north- western barrow was partially excavated by Dr Hull and Canon Greenwell during the 19th century. Greenwell recorded the finding of one cremated adult accompanied by two flint knives and a food vessel.

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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Books and journals
The Victoria History of the County, (1907), 374
'Antiq. Journal' in Antiq. Journal, , Vol. 52, (1932), 30-32
'Yorkshire Archaeological Journal' in Yorkshire Archaeological Journal Volume 42, , Vol. 42, (1967), 265
Greenwell, W, 'Archaeologia' in Archaeologia , , Vol. 52, (1890), 30-38
3771, Humberside SMR,
CU BAB29-30, (Ref CU BAB29-30), (1969)


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.

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