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Top Buildings Long Barrow, Normanby le Wold

Reference Name MLI54205

Top Buildings Long Barrow, Normanby le Wold

Neolithic long barrow to the east of Top Buildings, Normanby le Wold.


Long barrow to the east of Top Buildings. The mound is 255ft long (north to south), 120ft wide and 6ft high. It is under pasture and there is a clump of trees on the top. {1}

A grass-grown and tree-covered long barrow, much spread and softened in profile. Its maximum height is 1.5m. {2}{3}{4}

A trench was excavated through part of the mound in 1983, as part of a Sheffield University transect survey. Very little was found, however, and the excavator was not convinced that the mound in fact represented a long barrow. {5}{6}

Although the mound of Top Buildings Long Barrow has been degraded, it survives as a substantial earthwork visible from the nearby road. The limited archaeological investigations of 1983 were inconclusive but a small quantity of worked flint was found, demonstrating that the land around the mound was a focus of attention and activity during the Neolithic period. No other excavation is known to have taken place and the monument is, therefore, thought to retain significant rare archaeological deposits which will provide information regarding the construction of the mound, and the chronological sequence of burial rites. Environmental evidence will also survive beneath the mound and in the buried ground surface and the ditch, which will provide valuable information relating to the landscape in which the monument was constructed and used. The barrow is one of a number of burial monuments associated with the valley of the Otby Beck which rises in the nearby Normanby Dales, and with the prehistoric trackway now formalised as High Street. The association of these monuments demonstrates the ritual significant of this chosen location and poses wider questions concerning prehistoric settlement patterns in the area. {7}{8}

1 Scheduling Record: HBMC. AM 7. -
2 Index: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey Card Index. TF 19 NW: 1963, Harper, F.R.
3 Index: SMR. Sites and Monuments Record Card Index. TF 19 NW: AC
4 Aerial Photograph: Paul Everson. 1975-90. RCHM. TF1396/3: 2934/16 (1979)
5 Article in Serial: A.B. Page (ed.). 1984. 'Archaeology in Lincolnshire and South Humberside, 1983' in Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. vol.19, p.105
6 Article in Monograph: Patricia Phillips. 1989. 'Top Buildings 'Long Barrow' Excavation' in Archaeology and Landscape Studies in North Lincolnshire. part.1, chapter.14, pp.173-9
8 Index: Dilwyn Jones. 1998. Gazetteer of Neolithic Elongated Enclosures and Extant Long Barrows in (Historic) Lincolnshire. -

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