Four bowl barrows 450m south east of High Wold Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012103

Date first listed: 23-Nov-1962

Date of most recent amendment: 22-Jun-1995


Ordnance survey map of Four bowl barrows 450m south east of High 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: Market Weighton

District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Sancton

National Grid Reference: SE 90836 40982


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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.

Despite plough damage these barrows retain significant information of their original form and the manner and duration of their use. They will contribute to an understanding of the wider group of which they are members.


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The monument includes four prehistoric bowl barrows, members of a group on this area of the Yorkshire Wolds. The most northerly barrow mound is 0.75m high and 42m in diameter. The second most northerly barrow mound is 0.3m high and 30m in diameter. The next barrow mound to the south is 1m high and 45m in diameter. The fourth, southern, mound in the group is 0.2m high and 22m in diameter. It is crossed east to west by a hedge to the south of which the mound has been levelled by ploughing. Although no longer visible at ground level, ditches, from which material was excavated during the construction of the monument, surround each of the barrow mounds. These have become infilled over the years but survive as buried ditches 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: 21167

Legacy System: RSM


SE 9068-9090,
Title: OS 71/137/079-80 Source Date: Author: Publisher: Surveyor:

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