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Howe Hill bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Wootton, North Lincolnshire

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Latitude: 53.6215 / 53°37'17"N

Longitude: -0.3742 / 0°22'27"W

OS Eastings: 507627.258019

OS Northings: 415109.666782

OS Grid: TA076151

Mapcode National: GBR TVTK.SJ

Mapcode Global: WHGGB.771K

Entry Name: Howe Hill bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 11 June 1976

Last Amended: 10 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009346

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21051

County: North Lincolnshire

Civil Parish: Wootton

Traditional County: Lincolnshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lincolnshire

Church of England Parish: Wootton St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Lincoln


The monument includes Howe Hill bowl barrow. It is situated on a prominent
natural knoll, its position making it quite a dominant feature in the
surrounding flat landscape. The barrow mound is constructed from chalk rubble
and earth and now has a sub-rectangular shape due to plough action, having
dimensions of 11m north to south and 17m east to west, although it would
originally have been circular. Its maximum height is approximately 2m. The
eastern end of the barrow shows limited evidence of disturbance and has one or
two visible shallow surface pits.
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
about 2m wide.

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 the barrow mound has suffered some disturbance as a result of tree
growth and excavations, this is of limited extent and the monument will retain
significant information on its original form and the burials placed within it.
Unusually in Humberside, this barrow has not been either excavated or
investigated by antiquarians.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Phillips, C W, 'Archaeological Journal' in Archaeological Journal XCL 1934, , Vol. XCL, (1934), 187

Source: Historic England

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