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Four bowl barrows 450m south east of High Wold Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Market Weighton, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.8571 / 53°51'25"N

Longitude: -0.6205 / 0°37'13"W

OS Eastings: 490834.849211

OS Northings: 440980.025674

OS Grid: SE908409

Mapcode National: GBR SR3V.G2

Mapcode Global: WHGF1.F9SX

Entry Name: Four bowl barrows 450m south east of High Wold Farm

Scheduled Date: 23 November 1962

Last Amended: 22 June 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012103

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21167

County: East Riding of Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Market Weighton

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Riding of Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Market Weighton All Saints

Church of England Diocese: York

Details

The monument includes four prehistoric bowl barrows, members of a group on
this area of the Yorkshire Wolds. The most northerly barrow mound is 0.75m
high and 42m in diameter. The second most northerly barrow mound is 0.3m high
and 30m in diameter. The next barrow mound to the south is 1m high and 45m in
diameter. The fourth, southern, mound in the group is 0.2m high and 22m in
diameter. It is crossed east to west by a hedge to the south of which the
mound has been levelled by ploughing. Although no longer visible at ground
level, ditches, from which material was excavated during the construction of
the monument, surround each of the barrow mounds. These have become infilled
over the years but survive as buried ditches 4m wide.

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 plough damage these barrows retain significant information of their
original form and the manner and duration of their use. They will contribute
to an understanding of the wider group of which they are members.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
SE 9068-9090,
Title: OS 71/137/079-80
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Source: Historic England

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