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Round barrow 390m south-west of High Barn Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Huggate, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Latitude: 53.9742 / 53°58'27"N

Longitude: -0.6931 / 0°41'34"W

OS Eastings: 485819.603222

OS Northings: 453913.9704

OS Grid: SE858539

Mapcode National: GBR RQLH.R3

Mapcode Global: WHGDF.BC6N

Entry Name: Round barrow 390m south-west of High Barn Farm

Scheduled Date: 22 January 1964

Last Amended: 5 February 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012489

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21109

County: East Riding of Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Huggate

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Riding of Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Huggate St Mary

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, situated on a natural rise. The barrow
mound is 1m high, and has a diameter of 32m. Surrounding the mound a slight
soil stain 4m wide is visible. This indicates the position of the ditch which
originally surrounded the monument and from which material was excavated to
construct the mound. The barrow mound was partially excavated in 1882 by J R
Mortimer. During these investigations one inhumation and a number of
associated grave goods, including pot sherds and flint flakes, were 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 and limited plough damage this barrow survives
reasonably well. It will retain significant information on its original form
and evidence of the burials placed within it.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Mortimer, J R , Forty Years Researches in British and Saxon Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 315-316

Source: Historic England

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