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Bowl barrow 550m north east of Goodmanham Wold Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Goodmanham, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Latitude: 53.8972 / 53°53'49"N

Longitude: -0.6092 / 0°36'33"W

OS Eastings: 491484.561152

OS Northings: 445449.33513

OS Grid: SE914454

Mapcode National: GBR SR5C.WQ

Mapcode Global: WHGDV.M93Q

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 550m north east of Goodmanham Wold Farm

Scheduled Date: 17 January 1964

Last Amended: 14 June 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008933

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21155

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 bowl barrow, one of a group in this area
of the Yorkshire Wolds. The barrow mound is 1.5m high and 54m 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 Canon Greenwell in the 19th
century, when a woodlined grave containing a single female inhumation
accompanied by a food vessel and a flint flake was 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 the barrow will retain
significant information on its original form and the manner and duration of
its usage. It will also contribute to an understanding of the wider group of
which it is a member.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Greenwell, W , British Barrows, (1877), 300-301
'Yorks. Arch. Journal' in Yorkshire Archaeological Journal: Volume 42, , Vol. 42, (1969), 263
'Yorks. Arch. Journal' in Yorkshire Archaeological Journal: Volume 45, , Vol. 45, (1973), 199

Source: Historic England

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