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Bowl barrow 450m north east of High Wold Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Market Weighton, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Latitude: 53.8642 / 53°51'51"N

Longitude: -0.6205 / 0°37'13"W

OS Eastings: 490813.955222

OS Northings: 441771.053978

OS Grid: SE908417

Mapcode National: GBR SR3R.GJ

Mapcode Global: WHGF1.F4QG

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 450m north east of High Wold Farm

Scheduled Date: 4 December 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014256

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23827

County: East Riding of Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Market Weighton

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Riding of Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Market Weighton All Saints

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow, one of a wider group of
similar monuments in this area of the Yorkshire Wolds. Although altered by
agricultural activity and no longer identifiable as a surface feature, the
circular outline of an in infilled ditch surrounding the mound is visible on
aerial photographs and has an overall diameter of 30m.
Below ground features, such as the ditch and the contents of burial pits, will
survive and, because this barrow has not been excavated, its primary central
burial is thought to remain intact.

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 altered by agricultural activity, below ground
remains of the encircling ditch and the contents of the grave pits will
survive. It will also contribute to an understanding of the wider group of
which it is a member.

Source: Historic England


Stoetz, K., RCHM Survey,

Source: Historic England

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