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Bowl barrow on Huggate Pasture, 450m NNE of Pasture Dale Plantation

A Scheduled Monument in Huggate, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Latitude: 53.9882 / 53°59'17"N

Longitude: -0.6853 / 0°41'7"W

OS Eastings: 486298.635473

OS Northings: 455480.376152

OS Grid: SE862554

Mapcode National: GBR RQNB.F3

Mapcode Global: WHGDF.F0WX

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Huggate Pasture, 450m NNE of Pasture Dale Plantation

Scheduled Date: 17 December 1929

Last Amended: 11 March 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013867

English Heritage Legacy ID: 26555

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 Pasture, 450m NNE of
Pasture Dale Plantation, in an area known as West Field. The monument is one
of three barrows lying close together, which together form part of a much
larger group of bowl barrows dispersed across Huggate and Warter Wolds and
Huggate Pasture. Although altered over the years by agricultural activity
which has resulted in the virtual disappearance of the mound at ground level,
the site of the barrow can be observed as a circular concentration, 18m in
diameter, of chalk and flints in the ploughsoil. It will be 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 three barrows were originally part of a larger cemetery of 19 bowl barrows
identified by J R Mortimer in the 1880s, running approximately north-south
from the vicinity of Huggate Pasture down to Warter Wold. This group lies to
the west of another group of 20 similar barrows identified by Mortimer, lying
close to the ancient trackway running on the western side of the Wolds, part
of which survives today and is known as the Wolds Way.
This sub-group of three barrows also lies within a complex of linear bank and
ditch systems, and should be viewed in the context of the wider ancient
lanscape, where very extensive systems of banks, dykes and hollow ways link
large tracts of the countryside in this region of the Yorkshire Wolds.
The monument was subject to an unrecorded excavation by James Silburn in
October 1851, and subsequently was reopened by Mortimer in August 1883, when
the barrow mound, already reduced by the plough, measured around 0.75m in
height. Mortimer found a grave containing the bones of a large male, already
disturbed and replaced during the earlier excavation by Silburn. This earlier
excavation had destroyed the outline of the original grave cut, so no
dimensions could be recorded.

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 group of barrows dispersed from Huggate Pasture south
down to Warter Wold, which in turn is related to other barrows close by on
Huggate Wold. The location of the barrows close to an ancient greenway, and 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
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 buried feature visible from aerial photographs, with below
ground remains including the infilled ditch, further burial pits 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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