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Round barrow 1650m east of Life Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Sledmere, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.0465 / 54°2'47"N

Longitude: -0.5543 / 0°33'15"W

OS Eastings: 494758.702222

OS Northings: 462135.58607

OS Grid: SE947621

Mapcode National: GBR SPKN.S6

Mapcode Global: WHGD3.GK97

Entry Name: Round barrow 1650m east of Life Hill

Scheduled Date: 27 January 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007860

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21220

County: East Riding of Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Sledmere

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Riding of Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Sledmere St Mary

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a Bronze Age round barrow, part of a wider group in this
area of the Yorkshire Wolds. The barrow mound is 0.4m high and 20m 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 in-filled over the years but survives as a
buried feature 5m wide and is visible as a dark soil-mark.
The 19th century antiquarian J R Mortimer excavated a number of barrows in
this area, though it is not clear from his records whether he actually
investigated this particular barrow.

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

Although this barrow may have been partially excavated and has been altered by
agricultural activity it is still visible as a mound. Further evidence of the
structure of the mound, the surrounding ditch and burials will survive. It
will also contribute to an understanding of the wider group of which it is a

Source: Historic England


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Source: Historic England

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