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Ling Howe long barrow

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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Ling Howe long barrow

List entry Number: 1015306


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


District: East Riding of Yorkshire

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Walkington

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 23-Mar-1970

Date of most recent amendment: 14-Mar-1997

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 26605

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Long barrows were constructed as earthen or drystone mounds with flanking ditches and acted as funerary monuments during the Early and Middle Neolithic periods (3400-2400 BC). They represent the burial places of Britain's early farming communities and, as such, are amongst the oldest field monuments surviving visibly in the present landscape. Where investigated, long barrows appear to have been used for communal burial, often with only parts of the human remains having been selected for interment. Certain sites provide evidence for several phases of funerary monument preceding the barrow and, consequently, it is probable that long barrows acted as important ritual sites for local communities over a considerable period of time. Some 500 examples of long barrows and long cairns, their counterparts in the uplands, are recorded nationally. As one of the few types of Neolithic structure to survive as earthworks, and due to their comparative rarity, their considerable age and their longevity as a monument type, all long barrows are considered to be nationally important.

Although the monument has been reduced in height by arable ploughing, its parallel ditches and part of the barrow mound still survive beneath the present day ground surface and are clearly visible as crop marks on aerial photographs. Long barrows are a very rare monument type in north east England and the Ling Howe long barrow represents one of the few surviving examples of this class of monument in this part of eastern Yorkshire


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The monument includes a Neolithic long barrow, 250m north west of Lion's Den Farm. Although greatly altered and reduced in height by arable ploughing over the course of the years, the monument still survives as a slight mound at the northern edge of a field, and as a low rise in the field boundary which overlies it. The northern end of the monument is overlain by a modern road. The barrow is visible as a crop mark on aerial photographs which show that it has characteristic parallel ditches, measuring 4.5m-6m in width, 15.2m apart and about 76m in length. The monument is 32.5m in width overall. In 1984, during repairs to the road the original ground surface beneath the barrow was exposed, and a carbon sample from sediments exposed produced a radiocarbon date of 5220 +/- 100 before present. Post and wire fences, and the paved surface to the modern highway which overlies the monument's northern end are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath them is included.

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

3 B & W prints (HAP 88/1/5-7), Dent, J., (1988)
Humberside SMR, Sites and Monuments Record Sheet, (1996)

National Grid Reference: SE 96499 35812


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