Bowl barrow 550m north of High Wold Farm
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1012088
Date first listed: 23-Nov-1962
Date of most recent amendment: 22-Jun-1995
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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: Market Weighton
National Grid Reference: SE 90685 41890
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
Despite plough damage this barrow retains information of its original form and the manner and duration of its usage. It will also contribute to an understanding of the wider group of which it is a member.
The monument includes a prehistoric bowl barrow, one of a group on this area
of the Yorkshire Wolds. The barrow mound, which is crossed from north to
south by a hedge, has a diameter of 20m. To the west of the hedge it has been
levelled by ploughing; east of the hedge it is 0.3m high. 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 4m 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: 21156
Legacy System: RSM
Title: OS 71/137/079-80 Source Date: Author: Publisher: Surveyor:
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