Howe Hill bowl barrow
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1009346
Date first listed: 11-Jun-1976
Date of most recent amendment: 10-Sep-1992
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: North Lincolnshire (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference: TA 07627 15110
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
Although the barrow mound has suffered some disturbance as a result of tree growth and excavations, this is of limited extent and the monument will retain significant information on its original form and the burials placed within it. Unusually in Humberside, this barrow has not been either excavated or investigated by antiquarians.
The monument includes Howe Hill bowl barrow. It is situated on a prominent
natural knoll, its position making it quite a dominant feature in the
surrounding flat landscape. The barrow mound is constructed from chalk rubble
and earth and now has a sub-rectangular shape due to plough action, having
dimensions of 11m north to south and 17m east to west, although it would
originally have been circular. Its maximum height is approximately 2m. The
eastern end of the barrow shows limited evidence of disturbance and has one or
two visible shallow surface pits.
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 infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature
about 2m wide.
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: 21051
Legacy System: RSM
Books and journals
Phillips, C W, 'Archaeological Journal' in Archaeological Journal XCL 1934, , Vol. XCL, (1934), 187
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