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Round barrow 730m NNW of Goodmanham Wold Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Goodmanham, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Latitude: 53.8982 / 53°53'53"N

Longitude: -0.6169 / 0°37'0"W

OS Eastings: 490979.705022

OS Northings: 445552.265778

OS Grid: SE909455

Mapcode National: GBR SR4C.7C

Mapcode Global: WHGDV.H8GY

Entry Name: Round barrow 730m NNW of Goodmanham Wold Farm

Scheduled Date: 4 December 1974

Last Amended: 22 September 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007328

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21151

County: East Riding of Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Goodmanham

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Riding of Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Goodmanham All Saints

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a prehistoric round barrow on Goodmanham Wold, one of a
group on this area of the Yorkshire Wolds. The barrow mound is 0.75m high and
50m 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 has become infilled over the years but
survives as a buried feature 4m wide. The barrow was partially excavated by
the antiquarian Canon William Greenwell during the 19th century. He found a
shallow central grave containing a single crouched male inhumation; a food
vessel and a flint flake were also found.

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.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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

Despite partial excavation and limited plough damage this barrow remains
visible and will retain significant information on the manner and duration of
its use. Information on its relationship to adjacent barrows will also be

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Greenwell, W , British Barrows, (1877), 317

Source: Historic England

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