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
Despite partial excavation and limited plough damage this barrow survives
reasonably well. It will retain significant further information on its
original form and the manner and duration of its use.
The monument includes a prehistoric round barrow, one of a group on this area
of the Yorkshire Wolds. The barrow mound is 1.5m high and 33m in diameter. A
hedge line crosses the monument from east to west.
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 infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature
The barrow was partially excavated in the 19th century by the antiquarian
Canon Greenwell. The upper deposits of the mound had been disturbed by tree
planting and a number of disturbed burials were found. Lower down, one
cremation and five inhumations were found, including an adult female, and a
child, both of whom had been buried with associated pottery vessels. A
central, wood-lined grave contained an adolscent inhumation with 124 beads
round its neck, and a deposit of ochre near the body.
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.