Bowl barrow on Playford Heath, 870m south of Lux Farm
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- East Suffolk (District Authority)
- National Grid Reference:
- TM 22074 45919
Reasons for Designation
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 bowl barrow 870m south of Lux Farm shows no obvious signs of having been disturbed, other than by animal burrowing and as a result of penetration by tree roots. Evidence of the manner in which the barrow was constructed and used, of the duration of its use and also of the local environment at the time of and prior to its construction will be preserved in the mound and in the soils buried beneath it. The importance of the monument is enhanced by the fact that it is one of three barrows surviving within a distance of less than 300m.
The monument includes a bowl barrow which is visible as a sub-circular earthen
mound, standing to a maximum height of c.0.8m, although slightly flattened on
the north side, and covering an area with a maximum diameter of 21m N-S by 19m
E-W. There is no trace on the ground surface of a ditch encircling the mound,
although such a ditch probably exists as a buried feature.
MAP EXTRACT 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.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
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This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing