Bowl barrow 400m NNW of East Greenwick Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1014727

Date first listed: 17-Dec-1929

Date of most recent amendment: 11-Mar-1996


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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: Huggate

National Grid Reference: SE 85033 57134

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 group of closely associated barrows on Huggate Wold. The location of the barrows alongside an ancient greenway, close to the very extensive systems of dykes 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 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.


The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow on Huggate Wold, situated in fields about 300m south of the A166 on Huggate Wold, 400m NNW of East Greenwick Farm. The barrow is one of a large group of barrows surviving in this area. Lying close to the ancient trackway on the western side of the Wolds, part of which survives today and is known as the Wolds Way, the monument forms part of a broadly related and extensive complex of prehistoric earthworks, including bowl barrows, barrow cemeteries, linear bank and ditch systems dispersed across Huggate and Warter Wolds and Huggate Pasture. It should therefore be viewed in the context of the wider ancient landscape in this region of the Yorkshire Wolds. Although altered over the years by agricultural activity which has considerably reduced the height of the mound and spread its surface, the barrow is still visible as a low rise in the ground, up to 0.2m high and about 20m in diameter. It is surrounded by a ditch up to 3m wide which, although infilled by ploughing and now no longer visible at ground level, will survive as a buried feature. The barrow was partly excavated by J R Mortimer in 1882, who found a small basin-like hole, 0.33m in diameter and 0.23m deep, made into the surface of the original ground level in the centre of the mound. It had smoothed sides and contained charcoal, together with a few burnt human bones, which was interpreted to be the remains of a cinerary urn. A lens of bluish clay up to 0.45m thick at the centre was found covering the interment, and was thought to have been brought in from a distance of no less than 2.4km away.

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: 26573

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Mortimer, J R , Forty Years Researches in British and Saxon Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 309
Humberside SMR, Sites and Monuments Records Sheet, (1994)

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