Round barrow 400m north east of Wold Farm, Bishop Wilton Wold
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1008344
Date first listed: 09-Sep-1958
Date of most recent amendment: 06-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 81316 55495
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 limited excavation and reduction by ploughing, this barrow remains a visible earthwork. It will retain significant information on the manner and duration of its usage and the environment in which it was constructed.
The monument includes a Bronze Age round barrow on Bishop Wilton Wold, one of
a group of barrows on this area of the Wolds. The barrow mound has been
regularly ploughed and is rounded and spread. Its diameter is 28m and it
survives to a height of 0.5m. 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 in-filled over the years
but survives as a buried feature 3m wide and is clearly visible after the
field has been ploughed as a circular scatter of chalk rubble mixed with soil.
The barrow mound was partially excavated by J R Mortimer in 1868, when two
graves and a number of burials, flint flakes and sherds of pottery 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: 21094
Legacy System: RSM
Books and journals
Mortimer, J R , Forty Years Researches in British and Saxon Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 146-147
Mortimer, J R , Forty Years Researches in British and Saxon Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 392-394
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