Round barrow 400m north-west of Cobdale Farm

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012508

Date first listed: 27-Jan-1967

Date of most recent amendment: 02-Feb-1993

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round barrow 400m north-west of Cobdale Farm
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Location

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District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Warter

National Grid Reference: SE 85200 53472

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 and limited plough damage this barrow survives reasonably well. It will retain significant information relating to the manner and duration of its usage.

History

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Details

The monument includes a Bronze Age round barrow on the brow of Cobdale, one of a group of barrows in this area of the Yorkshire Wolds. The barrow mound is 1m high and has a diameter of 30m. 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 feature has become in-filled over the years but survives as a buried feature 4m wide. During the nineteenth century the barrow mound was twice opened by antiquarians. The barrow was first opened by James Silburn and then, in 1882, by J R Mortimer who carried out partial excavations which found a single primary cremation with associated pot sherds and flint flakes.

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: 21115

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Mortimer, J , Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 319

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