Grim's Mound, a Bronze Age bowl barrow 600m NNW of Grimblethorpe Hall

Overview

Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
1014822
Date first listed:
03-Oct-1975
Date of most recent amendment:
14-Feb-1996

Map

Ordnance survey map of Grim's Mound, a Bronze Age bowl barrow 600m NNW of Grimblethorpe Hall
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Location

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

County:
Lincolnshire
District:
East Lindsey (District Authority)
Parish:
Gayton Le Wold
National Grid Reference:
TF 23253 86947

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 Bronze Age bowl barrow known as Grim's Mound stands as a substantial, well preserved and accessible earthwork which will retain valuable archaeological deposits, including human remains, beneath the mound and within the fills of the ditch. These deposits will also contain environmental evidence illustrating the nature of the landscape in which the monument was set. The slight deviation of the trackway at this point illustrates the impact of the monument in the subsequent development of the landscape.

Details

The monument includes the earthwork remains of a bowl barrow known as Grim's Mound located 110m above sea level in a commanding position on the summit of a spur between the River Bain and one of its tributaries. It is a grassy mound some 19m in diameter and 2.6m high, situated adjacent to a trackway running between the sites of the medieval villages of Biscathorpe and Calcethorpe. This trackway, which is today known as the Viking Way, overlies the eastern perimeter of the monument and it bends slightly at this point. Chance finds of worked flint have been recovered from the plough soil around the monument which itself is largely undisturbed. Although the encircling ditch, from which material for the mound was quarried, is not visible, it is thought to survive buried beneath the present ground surface.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 5 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:
27858
Legacy System:
RSM

Legal

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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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