Acklam Wold barrow group: a bowl barrow 180m north-west of Acklam Wold House


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1011545

Date first listed: 13-Oct-1993


Ordnance survey map of Acklam Wold barrow group: a bowl barrow 180m north-west of Acklam Wold House
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: North Yorkshire

District: Ryedale (District Authority)

Parish: Leavening

National Grid Reference: SE 79734 62326


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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.

Although this barrow has been partially altered by agricultural activity and is no longer visible as an earthwork, the encircling quarry ditches and further evidence of burials will survive below ground. The barrow was also comparatively well-documented during campaigns of fieldwork in the 19th century. The monument is one of a closely associated group of barrows which have further associations with broadly contemporary boundary earthworks in the vicinity of Acklam Wold. Similar groups of monuments are also known from other parts of the Wolds and from the southern edge of the North Yorks Moors. Such associations between monuments offer important scope for the study of the division of land for social, ritual and agricultural purposes in different geographical areas during the prehistoric period.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow which is one of a number of barrows situated on the crest of Acklam Wold. Although altered by agricultural activity and no longer identifiable as an earthwork, a buried quarry ditch surrounding the barrow is visible on aerial photographs. The ditch is 13m in diameter. The barrow was also recorded and partially excavated by J R Mortimer in 1878; the mound was found to have been built on top of a natural clay outcrop that was slightly higher than the surrounding chalk and the remains of a cremation burial was found on the old landsurface beneath the mound.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 3 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.


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Legacy System number: 20550

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Books and journals
Mortimer, J R , Forty Years Researches in British and Saxon Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 90
Stoertz, K, (1992)

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