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
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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
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
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