Round barrow 330m south east of Painsthorpe Wold Cottages

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008348

Date first listed: 03-Nov-1958

Date of most recent amendment: 14-Jun-1994

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round barrow 330m south east of Painsthorpe Wold Cottages
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Location

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District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Kirby Underdale

National Grid Reference: SE 82755 58535

Summary

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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 limited disturbance this barrow survives reasonably well and will retain information on the manner and duration of its use. Unusually for this area the surrounding ditch remains visible as an earthwork feature

History

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Details

The monument includes a Bronze Age round barrow on Painsthorpe Wold, one of a group of barrows in this area of the Wolds. The mound, constructed of soil and chalk rubble, stands to a height of 2.5m and has a diameter of 33m. Surrounding the mound there are still traces of the now much-silted ditch. The ditch is so in-filled that it is now only 0.2m deep and is around 3m in width. The barrow mound was opened by J R Mortimer in 1877, when a primary crouched inhumation was found beneath the centre of the mound and three secondary cremations were found within it.

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.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 21090

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Mortimer, J R , Forty Years Researches in British and Saxon Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 121

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