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Bowl barrow 500m east of Blanch Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Warter, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.968 / 53°58'4"N

Longitude: -0.6268 / 0°37'36"W

OS Eastings: 490180.124601

OS Northings: 453313.704672

OS Grid: SE901533

Mapcode National: GBR SQ2K.39

Mapcode Global: WHGDG.BJSC

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 500m east of Blanch Farm

Scheduled Date: 27 January 1967

Last Amended: 29 November 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013459

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21103

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 Bronze Age bowl barrow, one of a group of similar
monuments in this area of the Yorkshire Wolds. The barrow mound is 1m high
and 46m in diameter. 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 feature has become infilled over the years
but survives as a buried feature 4m wide.
The antiquarian J R Mortimer partially excavated the barrow mound in 1883 and
found a primary burial and associated worked flints. The burial was disturbed
since the barrow mound had already been investigated by another antiquarian,
James Silburn, earlier in the 19th century.

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.

Although this barrow has been partially excavated and altered by agricultural
activity it survives reasonably well. Further evidence of the structure of the
mound, the surrounding ditch and burials will survive. It will also contibute
to an understanding of the wider group of which it is a member.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Mortimer, J R , Forty Years Researches in British and Saxon Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 330

Source: Historic England

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