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Round barrow 250m south of Callis Wold Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Bishop Wilton, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Latitude: 53.9903 / 53°59'24"N

Longitude: -0.7332 / 0°43'59"W

OS Eastings: 483155.7956

OS Northings: 455656.0316

OS Grid: SE831556

Mapcode National: GBR RQB9.2B

Mapcode Global: WHFC2.QY2W

Entry Name: Round barrow 250m south of Callis Wold Farm

Scheduled Date: 9 September 1958

Last Amended: 25 May 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008366

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21105

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


The monument includes a prehistoric burial mound on High Callis Wold. The
barrow mound survives to a height of 0.75m and is 40m 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
feature has become in-filled over the years but survives as a buried feature
3m wide. The barrow was investigated twice during the 19th century, in 1864
and 1874, by local antiquarian J R Mortimer. During those excavations a
central oak-lined grave containing the remains of one inhumation was found
beneath the mound. A crushed food vessel, a beaker sherd, and two cremations
were also discovered within it.

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 plough damage this barrow will retain
significant information on its original form and evidence of the burials
placed within it.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
The Victoria History of the County of Yorkshire: Volume I, (1907), 367
Mortimer, J , Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 156-157
Mortimer, J R , Forty Years Researches in British and Saxon Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 153-156
'Archaeologia' in Archaeologia: Volume 75, , Vol. 75, (1924), 84, 92

Source: Historic England

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