Round barrow south of South Wold Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009385

Date first listed: 03-Nov-1958

Date of most recent amendment: 05-Aug-1992


Ordnance survey map of Round barrow south of South Wold Farm
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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 81973 57000


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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.

The barrow survives well and is one of a small number on the Yorkshire Wolds which has not been disturbed by antiquarian excavations. It is part of a group of barrows which together will provide evidence of a range of burial practices.


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This monument includes a large bowl barrow which sits on the edge of the western Yorkshire Wolds. It is a member of a large and dispersed group of funerary monuments along the ridge of the wold above Bishop Wilton. The barrow mound is two metres high, thirty-six metres in diameter and has an even, curving profile. Slight traces of the ditch which surrounds the mound are visible on the western side of the monument and it survives as a buried feature around the rest of the mound. Unusually this site was not excavated by nineteenth century antiquarians, although Mortimer did include it in his studies.

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.


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Legacy System number: 21056

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Mortimer, J R , Forty Years Researches in British and Saxon Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 315-6

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