Bowl barrow 500m east of Blanch Farm

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1013459

Date first listed: 27-Jan-1967

Date of most recent amendment: 29-Nov-1995

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 500m east of Blanch Farm
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Location

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District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Warter

National Grid Reference: SE 90180 53314

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.

Although this barrow has been partially excavated and altered by agricultural activity it survives reasonably well. Further evidence of the structure of the mound, the surrounding ditch and burials will survive. It will also contibute to an understanding of the wider group of which it is a member.

History

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Details

The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow, one of a group of similar monuments in this area of the Yorkshire Wolds. The barrow mound is 1m high and 46m in diameter. 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 infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature 4m wide. The antiquarian J R Mortimer partially excavated the barrow mound in 1883 and found a primary burial and associated worked flints. The burial was disturbed since the barrow mound had already been investigated by another antiquarian, James Silburn, earlier in the 19th century.

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: 21103

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Mortimer, J R , Forty Years Researches in British and Saxon Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 330

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