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Round barrow 270m south-east of Blanch Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Warter, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Latitude: 53.9674 / 53°58'2"N

Longitude: -0.6305 / 0°37'49"W

OS Eastings: 489935.472822

OS Northings: 453241.561308

OS Grid: SE899532

Mapcode National: GBR SQ1K.9J

Mapcode Global: WHGDG.9J0V

Entry Name: Round barrow 270m south-east of Blanch Farm

Scheduled Date: 3 February 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012487

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21108

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 a Bronze Age round barrow, one of a group of barrows in
this area of the Yorkshire Wolds. The barrow mound has a diameter of 23m and
is 1m high. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch, from which
material was excavated during the construction of the monument, surrounds the
barrow mound. This has become in-filled over the years but survives as buried
feature 4m wide. In August 1882 the barrow mound was partially excavated by J
R Mortimer, when a pear shaped pit, sixteen feet long and cut into the chalk
was investigated. A single cremation under an inverted urn in a second,
smaller, pit was also found.

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 partial excavation this barrow survives reasonably well. It will
retain significant information on its original form and the manner and
duration of its usage.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
The Victoria History of the County, (1907), 368
Mortimer, J , Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 327-328
Mortimer, J R , Forty Years Researches in British and Saxon Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 327-328
'Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society' in Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society: Volume 16, (1950), 132-162

Source: Historic England

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