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Round barrow 850m north of Wold Farm, Bishop Wilton Wold

A Scheduled Monument in Bishop Wilton, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.9945 / 53°59'40"N

Longitude: -0.7651 / 0°45'54"W

OS Eastings: 481055.937598

OS Northings: 456089.571402

OS Grid: SE810560

Mapcode National: GBR RQ37.5T

Mapcode Global: WHFC2.6VXM

Entry Name: Round barrow 850m north of Wold Farm, Bishop Wilton Wold

Scheduled Date: 9 September 1958

Last Amended: 6 June 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008345

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21093

County: East Riding of Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Bishop Wilton

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Riding of Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Bishop Wilton St Edith

Church of England Diocese: York

Details

The monument includes a round barrow on Bishop Wilton Wold, one of a number of
similar monuments in the area. The barrow mound is still a fairly prominent
feature, standing 1.5m high, and is 32m in diameter. It is evenly rounded and
spread as the result of ploughing. 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 3m wide. Traces of the ditch were
visible until the early 1970's. The barrow was partially excavated by Mortimer
in 1865, when a single adult inhumation was found.

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.

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
protection.

The barrow survives reasonably well and, despite partial excavation and
regular ploughing, will retain significant archaeological information relating
to the manner and duration of its use and the environment in which it was
constructed.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Mortimer, J R , Forty Years Researches in British and Saxon Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 145

Source: Historic England

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