Round barrow 300m south west of Cot Nab Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008319

Date first listed: 09-Sep-1958

Date of most recent amendment: 21-Jun-1994


Ordnance survey map of Round barrow 300m south west of Cot Nab 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: Bishop Wilton

National Grid Reference: SE 81366 56739

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 this barrow survives reasonably well. It will retain significant information on its original form and evidence of the burials placed within it.


The monument includes a prehistoric round barrow, one of a group of barrows in this area of the Yorkshire Wolds. The barrow mound stands to a height of 1m, and has a diameter of 25m. It is evenly rounded and spread as a result of ploughing. The mound is surrounded by a ditch, which was excavated during its construction. It is no longer visible at ground level but survives as a buried feature 3m wide. The barrow mound was opened in 1874, as part of antiquarian researches by J R Mortimer, when a burial and a number of associated worked flints 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: 21084

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Mortimer, J , Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 139
Mortimer, J R , Forty Years Researches in British and Saxon Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 138-140
'Antiquaries Journal' in Antiquaries Journal Volume 21, , Vol. 21, (1941), 340
'Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society' in Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society: page 36, , Vol. 37, (1971), 36

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