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Round barrow south east of South Wold Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Kirby Underdale, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.0027 / 54°0'9"N

Longitude: -0.7477 / 0°44'51"W

OS Eastings: 482180.811

OS Northings: 457021.261

OS Grid: SE821570

Mapcode National: GBR RQ64.XW

Mapcode Global: WHFC2.HN5B

Entry Name: Round barrow south east of South Wold Farm

Scheduled Date: 3 November 1958

Last Amended: 5 August 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009384

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21055

County: East Riding of Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Kirby Underdale

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Riding of Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Kirby Underdale All Saints

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a large, well-preserved barrow, one of a large dispersed
group situated on the crest of the Wolds north of Bishop Wilton. The barrow
has an earthen and chalk-rubble mound 35 metres in diameter and 2.5 metres
high, with an even rounded profile. The mound was originally surrounded by a
ditch 3 metres wide. Although this is not visible, it survives as a
buried feature. The barrow was not excavated by the antiquarian J R Mortimer,
though he included the site in his studies of barrows in this area.

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

This barrow survives well as a large monument which has neither been ploughed
nor excavated. Excavation in both the 19th and 20th centuries was prevented
by the trees growing on the mound. These trees will have caused some limited
damage to the mound, but most of the monument remains undisturbed.

Source: Historic England


48, Humberside County Council Archaeological Record System (48), (1980)

Source: Historic England

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