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Five round barrows 700m north east of Littlewood Lodge

A Scheduled Monument in Walkington, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Latitude: 53.8279 / 53°49'40"N

Longitude: -0.5504 / 0°33'1"W

OS Eastings: 495507.142917

OS Northings: 437818.83517

OS Grid: SE955378

Mapcode National: GBR SSL5.MK

Mapcode Global: WHGF8.J13T

Entry Name: Five round barrows 700m north east of Littlewood Lodge

Scheduled Date: 26 June 1967

Last Amended: 29 September 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007401

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21138

County: East Riding of Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Walkington

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Riding of Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Bishop Burton All Saints

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes five prehistoric round barrows, members of a group of
barrows on this area of the Yorkshire Wolds. They are located in a roughly
triangular group. The north-western barrow mound is 1.75m high and 50m in
diameter. The north-eastern barrow mound is 1.5m high and 56m in diameter. The
eastern barrow mound is 0.4m high and 35m in diameter, while the western one
is 0.2m high and 17m, in diameter. The southern barrow mound, in the point of
the triangle is 1.3m high and 17m in diameter. Although no longer visible at
ground level, ditches, from which material was excavated during the
construction of the monuments, surround the barrow mounds. These have become
infilled over the years but survive as buried features 4m wide. The north-
western barrow was partially excavated by Dr Hull and Canon Greenwell during
the 19th century. Greenwell recorded the finding of one cremated adult
accompanied by two flint knives and a food vessel.

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 all five barrows remain
visible and will retain significant archaeological information on their
original form and the burials placed within them. Information on the inter-
relationship between individual barrows within the monument will be preserved,
as will information on their relationship to adjacent barrows.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
The Victoria History of the County, (1907), 374
'Antiq. Journal' in Antiq. Journal, , Vol. 52, (1932), 30-32
'Yorkshire Archaeological Journal' in Yorkshire Archaeological Journal Volume 42, , Vol. 42, (1967), 265
Greenwell, W, 'Archaeologia' in Archaeologia , , Vol. 52, (1890), 30-38
3771, Humberside SMR,
CU BAB29-30, (Ref CU BAB29-30), (1969)

Source: Historic England

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