Round barrow 250m south of Callis Wold Farm
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1008366
Date first listed: 09-Sep-1958
Date of most recent amendment: 25-May-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 83156 55656
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 plough damage this barrow will retain significant information on its original form and evidence of the burials placed within it.
The monument includes a prehistoric burial mound on High Callis Wold. The
barrow mound survives to a height of 0.75m and is 40m in diameter. 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
feature has become in-filled over the years but survives as a buried feature
3m wide. The barrow was investigated twice during the 19th century, in 1864
and 1874, by local antiquarian J R Mortimer. During those excavations a
central oak-lined grave containing the remains of one inhumation was found
beneath the mound. A crushed food vessel, a beaker sherd, and two cremations
were also discovered 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.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: 21105
Legacy System: RSM
Books and journals
The Victoria History of the County of Yorkshire: Volume I, (1907), 367
Mortimer, J , Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 156-157
Mortimer, J R , Forty Years Researches in British and Saxon Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 153-156
'Archaeologia' in Archaeologia: Volume 75, , Vol. 75, (1924), 84, 92
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