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Two bowl barrows 300m south east of Blanch Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Warter, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Latitude: 53.9663 / 53°57'58"N

Longitude: -0.6312 / 0°37'52"W

OS Eastings: 489895.680016

OS Northings: 453109.103065

OS Grid: SE898531

Mapcode National: GBR SQ1K.4Y

Mapcode Global: WHGDG.8KPR

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows 300m south east of Blanch Farm

Scheduled Date: 27 January 1967

Last Amended: 29 November 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013458

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21102

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 two Bronze Age bowl barrows, members of a group of
similar monuments in this area of the Yorkshire Wolds. Each barrow is visible
as a low earthen mound, each surrounded by a 4m wide ditch from which material
was excavated during the construction of the mound. In both cases this ditch
has become infilled over the years, but is visible as a dark soil mark. The
southern of the two mounds is 1m high and has a diameter of 47m, while the
other, northern, mound is also 1m high and has a diameter of 43m. Both barrows
were investigated in 1883 by the antiquarian J R Mortimer, but in both cases
he found that another antiquarian, James Silburn, had already opened the
barrows in 1851 and disturbed the central graves, removing the burials.

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

Although these barrows have been partially excavated and altered by
agricultural activity they survive reasonably well. Further evidence of the
structure of the mounds, the surrounding ditches and burials will survive.
They will also contibute to an understanding of the wider group of which they
are members.

Source: Historic England


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

Source: Historic England

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