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Bowl barrow on Huggate Wold, 600m NNW of Horsedale Plantation

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Bowl barrow on Huggate Wold, 600m NNW of Horsedale Plantation

List entry Number: 1013853


The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: East Riding of Yorkshire

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Huggate

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 17-Dec-1929

Date of most recent amendment: 11-Mar-1996

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 26541

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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.

The monument is one of a closely associated group of barrows on Huggate Wold. The location of the barrows alongside an ancient greenway, and close to the very extensive systems of dykes and hollow ways dating back to the Bronze Age, offers important insights into ancient land use and territorial divisions for social, ritual and agricultural purposes in this area of the Yorkshire Wolds. Despite part excavation by J R Mortimer in 1882, an earlier unrecorded excavation, and the effects of ploughing over many years, the barrow still survives as a visible feature in the landscape, and will contain further burials and archaeological information relating to its construction.


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The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow on Huggate Wold, situated about 1.5km due south of Fridaythorpe Village and 600m NNW of Horsedale Planatation, in fields between Holm Dale to the north east, and Horse Dale to the south. The barrow is one of a group of six barrows surviving in close proximity in this area, which together form part of a much larger group of bowl barrows dispersed across Huggate Wold and Huggate Pasture. Although altered over the years by agricultural activity which has reduced the height of the mound and spread its surface, the barrow is still visible as a low mound up to 0.3m in height and 25m in diameter. It is surrounded by a ditch c.3m wide which, although infilled by ploughing and now no longer visible at ground level, will survive as a buried feature. The monument was originally part of a larger cemetery of 20 barrows existing adjacent to an ancient trackway, which itself is related to the ancient greenway in the Wolds of East Yorkshire, now known as the Wolds Way. The barrow cemetery lies around 800m to the north of the linear bank system of Horse Dale, and Holm Dale to the east, and should therefore be viewed in the context of the wider ancient landscape, where extensive systems of banks, dykes and hollow ways link large tracts of the countryside in this area of the Yorkshire Wolds. The barrow was partly excavated by J R Mortimer in March 1882, and was observed to have been reduced in height and dispersed by the effects of ploughing even then, when it stood to a height of 0.6m. An earlier excavation of unknown date was observed to have taken place. A small pile of burned bones was found on the original land surface, together with decayed remnants of a wooden receptacle in which it was originally interred. Approximately 2m to the north and around 0.3m below the base of the mound lay the decayed bones of a crouched adult skeleton, placed on its left side within a shallow grave cut into the chalk subsoil, with its head pointing south. A flint disc was found at the back of the skull, and a sharp-edged black flint flake at the crown, whilst an elongated flint scraper was found in front of the facial bones.

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.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Mortimer, J R , Forty Years Researches in British and Saxon Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 299-300
Humberside SMR, Sites and Monuments Records Sheet, (1994)

National Grid Reference: SE 87330 57674


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