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Round barrow on Thirty Acres, Warter

A Scheduled Monument in Warter, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.9565 / 53°57'23"N

Longitude: -0.638 / 0°38'16"W

OS Eastings: 489470.472849

OS Northings: 452010.889071

OS Grid: SE894520

Mapcode National: GBR RQZP.PG

Mapcode Global: WHGDG.5TG8

Entry Name: Round barrow on Thirty Acres, Warter

Scheduled Date: 27 January 1967

Last Amended: 25 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011908

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21126

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

Details

The monument includes a round barrow on the Yorkshire Wolds. The barrow mound
is smooth and rounded and is 1m high and 38m in diameter. Surrounding the
mound there are the silted remains of a 4m wide ditch which is still visible
as a soil mark. Although the barrow was surveyed and recorded by the
nineteenth century antiquarian J R Mortimer he did not excavate the mound.

MAP EXTRACT
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
protection.

Despite regular ploughing the barrow survives reasonably well and, unusually
for similar monuments in this area, it has never been excavated and will
retain significant information on its original form and evidence of the
burials placed within it.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Mortimer, J , Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 332

Source: Historic England

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