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Three round barrows 110m east of Coldwold Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Warter, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Latitude: 53.9576 / 53°57'27"N

Longitude: -0.7084 / 0°42'30"W

OS Eastings: 484846.755939

OS Northings: 452049.80922

OS Grid: SE848520

Mapcode National: GBR RQHP.F2

Mapcode Global: WHGDF.2SYD

Entry Name: Three round barrows 110m east of Coldwold Farm

Scheduled Date: 27 January 1967

Last Amended: 25 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011896

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21120

County: East Riding of Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Warter

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Riding of Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Nunburnholme St James

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes three Prehistoric round barrows on Cold Wold. The three
barrows lie in close proximity forming a linear arrangement aligned north-east
to south-west. The south western barrow mound is 1m high and has a diameter
of 30m. The central barrow, which lies immediately to the north-east, has a
mound 1.2m high and 25m in diameter. The north eastern barrow mound has been
almost completely levelled by ploughing but is visible as a slight rise a few
centimetres high and 9m in diameter. Although no longer visible, ditches,
from which material was excavated during the construction of the barrow
mounds, surrounds each of the three barrows. These ditches have become in-
filled over the years but survive as buried features 4m in width.

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 limited plough damage this barrow group survives reasonably well. The
monument will retain significant information on its original form, the burials
placed within the barrows, and of the relationship of the barrows to each

Source: Historic England


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Source: Historic England

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