Bowl barrow 130m south-east of Bridge Farm
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1007739
Date first listed: 20-Nov-1962
Date of most recent amendment: 15-Mar-1994
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish: Wold Newton
National Grid Reference: TA 04834 72618
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
Although this barrow has been partially excavated it survives well as a substantial mound. It is one of a small number of larger barrows in the region and one of the few positively identified as Neolithic in date. Further evidence of the structure of the mound, the surrounding ditch and burials will survive. It will also contribute to an understanding of the wider group of which it is a member.
The monument includes a large Neolithic bowl barrow, one of the few barrows
known to date from this early period. It is a member of a wider group of
barrows in this area of the Yorkshire Wolds.
The steep sided barrow mound is 2.75m high and 40m in diameter. A ditch, from
which material was excavated during the construction of the monument,
surrounds the barrow mound. This has become almost entirely in-filled in
places though it survives as a slight depression up to 0.1m deep and 5m wide
on the north-east side of the mound.
The mound was investigated by the 19th century antiquarian J R Mortimer in
August 1894. The cremated remains of a child were found at its centre and the
skeletons of 3 adults, a child, and a juvenile were found on the ancient
ground surface. They were accompanied by the skull and a number of bones from
a pig and fragments from food vessels of Neolithic date. Two other skeletons
were also found; one of these, a woman, was accompanied by a newly-made flint
arrowhead. Also contained in the mound were quantities of bone from a range of
species which included dogs, wolves, grouse, Irish elk, goats, oxen, and deer,
as well as frogs, toads, and water voles.
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.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: 21242
Legacy System: RSM
Books and journals
Mortimer, J R , Forty Years Researches in British and Saxon Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 350-52
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.
End of official listing