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Round barrow south of South Wold Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Kirby Underdale, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.0025 / 54°0'9"N

Longitude: -0.7508 / 0°45'3"W

OS Eastings: 481973.440092

OS Northings: 456999.861222

OS Grid: SE819569

Mapcode National: GBR RQ64.7Y

Mapcode Global: WHFC2.FNPG

Entry Name: Round barrow south of South Wold Farm

Scheduled Date: 3 November 1958

Last Amended: 5 August 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009385

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21056

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


This monument includes a large bowl barrow which sits on the edge of the
western Yorkshire Wolds. It is a member of a large and dispersed group of
funerary monuments along the ridge of the wold above Bishop Wilton. The
barrow mound is two metres high, thirty-six metres in diameter and has an
even, curving profile. Slight traces of the ditch which surrounds the mound
are visible on the western side of the monument and it survives as a buried
feature around the rest of the mound. Unusually this site was not excavated
by nineteenth century antiquarians, although Mortimer did include it in his

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

The barrow survives well and is one of a small number on the Yorkshire Wolds
which has not been disturbed by antiquarian excavations. It is part of a
group of barrows which together will provide evidence of a range of burial

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Mortimer, J R , Forty Years Researches in British and Saxon Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 315-6

Source: Historic England

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