Round barrow south of South Wold Farm
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
- Kirby Underdale
- National Grid Reference:
- SE 81973 57000
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
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.
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
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.
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Books and journals
Mortimer, J R , Forty Years Researches in British and Saxon Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 315-6
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