Bowl barrow on Playford Heath, 625m south of Lux Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007355

Date first listed: 26-May-1960

Date of most recent amendment: 02-Aug-1993


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Playford Heath, 625m south of Lux Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Suffolk

District: Suffolk Coastal (District Authority)

Parish: Kesgrave

National Grid Reference: TM 22071 46165


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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 protection.

The barrow 625m south of Lux Farm survives well and there appears to have been little disturbance of deposits in the mound. Evidence of the manner in which the barrow was constructed and used, of the duration of its use, and 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 monument is one of three barrows surviving within a distance of less than 300m.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow which is visible as an earthen mound standing to a maximum height of 1.3m and covering an area 25m in diameter. There is no visible trace on the ground surface of a ditch encircling the mound, although the 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.


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Legacy System number: 21256

Legacy System: RSM


Robertson-Mackay, R, AM7, (1959)

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