Round barrow 700m south of Low Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007855

Date first listed: 12-Jan-1994


Ordnance survey map of Round barrow 700m south of Low Farm
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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: Garton

National Grid Reference: SE 96554 58039

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.

Although the barrow has been partially excavated and altered by agricultural activity, below ground remains of the encircling ditch and grave pits will survive. It will also contribute to an understanding of the wider group of which it is a member.


The monument is a Bronze Age round barrow, part of a wider group in this area of the Yorkshire Wolds. Although the barrow has been levelled by ploughing its enclosing circular ditch, excavated during the construction of the monument, is clearly visible on aerial photographs. The ditch has become in-filled, but survives as a buried feature 40m in diameter. The 19th century antiquarian J R Mortimer partially excavated the barrow mound in 1865. He found a central grave which contained the skeleton of an adolescent accompanied by a flint knife, quartz pebbles, a deposit of ochre, and a small food vessel. The skeleton's lower jaw had been removed and replaced by the pot. A secondary crouched burial and various human and animal bones scattered throughout the mound were found.

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: 21215

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Mortimer, J , Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 229-30

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