Round barrow 270m south-east of Blanch Farm

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012487

Date first listed: 03-Feb-1993

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round barrow 270m south-east of Blanch Farm
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Warter

National Grid Reference: SE 89935 53242

Summary

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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 partial excavation this barrow survives reasonably well. It will retain significant information on its original form and the manner and duration of its usage.

History

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Details

The monument includes a Bronze Age round barrow, one of a group of barrows in this area of the Yorkshire Wolds. The barrow mound has a diameter of 23m and is 1m 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 in-filled over the years but survives as buried feature 4m wide. In August 1882 the barrow mound was partially excavated by J R Mortimer, when a pear shaped pit, sixteen feet long and cut into the chalk was investigated. A single cremation under an inverted urn in a second, smaller, pit was also found.

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.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 21108

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
The Victoria History of the County, (1907), 368
Mortimer, J , Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 327-328
Mortimer, J R , Forty Years Researches in British and Saxon Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 327-328
'Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society' in Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society: Volume 16, (1950), 132-162

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