Round barrow 200m east of farm on Garrowby Hill Top


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008438

Date first listed: 09-Sep-1958

Date of most recent amendment: 01-Jun-1994


Ordnance survey map of Round barrow 200m east of farm on Garrowby Hill Top
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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: Kirby Underdale

National Grid Reference: SE 80840 56791

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 this barrow survives reasonably well and will retain significant information on its original construction and the burials placed within it.


The monument includes a large round barrow situated on Garrowby Wold, one of a number of similar monuments in this area of the Yorkshire Wolds. The barrow mound stands to a height of 2m and is 22m in diameter. It survives in a generally good condition, though its surface is pitted in places. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch, from which material was excavated during the construction of the barrow mound, surrounds the barrow mound. This has become in-filled over the years but survives as a buried feature 4.5m wide. The barrow was subject to antiquarian investigations in 1876, when the mound was opened by J R Mortimer. This work recovered four inhumations and associated pottery vessels.

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: 21081

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Mortimer, J , Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 141-2
14603, Humberside SMR (14603),

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