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Bowl barrow on Huggate Wold, 480m north of Watermanhole Reservoir

A Scheduled Monument in Huggate, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.0033 / 54°0'11"N

Longitude: -0.6917 / 0°41'30"W

OS Eastings: 485847.191222

OS Northings: 457149.915597

OS Grid: SE858571

Mapcode National: GBR RQM4.1P

Mapcode Global: WHGD7.BMVX

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Huggate Wold, 480m north of Watermanhole Reservoir

Scheduled Date: 17 December 1929

Last Amended: 11 March 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013862

English Heritage Legacy ID: 26550

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 on Huggate Wold, situated
approximately 550m south of the A166 York-Bridlington Road, 2.5km south west
of Fridaythorpe Village and 480m north of Watermanhole Reservoir. The barrow
is one of a group of three barrows surviving in close proximity in this area,
and together these form part of a much larger group of bowl barrows dispersed
across Huggate Wold and Huggate Pasture.
Although altered over the years by agricultural activity which has reduced the
height of the mound and spread its surface area, the barrow is still visible
as a low mound up to 0.4m high and 30m in diameter. It is surrounded by a
ditch up to 3m wide, which, although infilled by ploughing and no longer
visible at ground level, will survive as a buried feature.
The monument was originally part of a larger cemetery of 20 barrows existing
adjacent to an ancient trackway, which itself is related to the ancient
greenway in the Wolds of East Yorkshire, now known as the Wolds Way. This sub-
group of three barrows lies around 1.2km to the north west of the linear bank
and ditch system of Horse Dale and should therefore be viewed in the context
of the wider ancient landscape, where very extensive systems of banks, dykes
and hollow ways link large tracts of the countryside in this area of the
Yorkshire Wolds.
The barrow was subject to an unrecorded excavation by Mr Thomas of Boston,
Lincolnshire during November 1881, and subsequently was reopened by J R
Mortimer in May 1882, who found scattered burnt bones and wood ashes
belonging to a cremated interment, removed earlier by Mr Thomas. No trace of a
grave beneath the mound was found. A leaf shaped flint arrowhead found
approximately 30m away was thought to have originally derived from the mound.

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

The monument is one of a closely associated group of barrows on Huggate Wold.
The location of the barrows alongside an ancient greenway, and close to the
very extensive systems of dykes and hollow ways dating back to the Bronze Age,
offers important insights into ancient land use and territorial divisions for
social, ritual and agricultural purposes in this area of the Yorkshire Wolds.
Despite part excavation by J R Mortimer in 1882, an earlier, unrecorded
excavation, and the effects of ploughing over many years, the barrow still
survives as a visible feature in the landscape, and will contain further
burials and archaeological information relating to its construction.

Source: Historic England


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

Source: Historic England

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