Round barrow 700m west of High Gardham Farm

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007728

Date first listed: 10-Sep-1962

Date of most recent amendment: 13-Jan-1994

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round barrow 700m west of High Gardham Farm
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Location

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District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Cherry Burton

National Grid Reference: SE 94017 40621

Summary

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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 limited plough damage and partial excavation this barrow remains visible and survives reasonably well. It will retain significant information on its original form and the manner and duration of its usage. It will also contribute to an understanding of the wider group of which it is a member.

History

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Details

The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow, part of a wider group in this area of the Yorkshire Wolds. The barrow mound is 0.25m high and 35m in diameter. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch, from which material was excavated during the construction of the monument, surrounds the barrow mound. This has become in-filled over the years but survives as a buried feature 4m wide. Canon Greenwell, the 19th century antiquarian, investigated the barrow mound in March 1866. He found the heaped remains of a cremated adult in a slight hollow under the mound.

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: 21228

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Greenwell, W , British Barrows, (1877), 280-281
Other
Kinnes, IA and Longworth, IH, Catalogue of the excavated material in the Greenwell collection, Catalogue of Excavated Material in the Greenwell Collection, (1985)

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