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Bowl barrow 230m 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: -0.69 / 0°41'24"W

OS Eastings: 486017.344178

OS Northings: 453920.143178

OS Grid: SE860539

Mapcode National: GBR RQMH.D3

Mapcode Global: WHGDF.CCNN

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 230m south west of High Barn Farm

Scheduled Date: 22 January 1964

Last Amended: 4 December 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013464

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21112

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 bowl barrow, one of a group of similar
monuments in this area of the Yorkshire Wolds, and is situated on the edge of
a disused and partially infilled chalk quarry. The barrow mound is 0.3m high
and 25m 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 has become infilled over the years but
survives as a buried feature 4m wide. The barrow has twice been investigated
by antiquarians, in 1851 by James Silburn, and again in 1882 by J R Mortimer,
when two inhumations, one cremation, and other fragments of human bone were

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

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Mortimer, J R , Forty Years Researches in British and Saxon Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, (1905), 314-315
Piggott, S, Neolithic Pottery, (1954), 145
'Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society' in Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society: Volume 3, , Vol. 3, (1937), 210

Source: Historic England

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