Pole Hill bowl barrow


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008504

Date first listed: 24-Apr-1953

Date of most recent amendment: 18-Apr-1994


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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: Foxhall

National Grid Reference: TM 23647 44143


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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.

Although a wartime trench has been dug into Pole Hill bowl barrow, the greater part of the monument survives well and will retain important archaeological information. Evidence concerning the construction of the barrow, the manner and duration of its use, and also the local environment, at and prior to the time of its construction, will be contained in the mound and in the soils preserved beneath it. The barrow is one of a large group recorded in the parishes of Martlesham, Brightwell and Foxhall, including a small cemetery consisting of six barrows of varied type which lay between 300m and 500m to the north east and which were excavated in 1953. Together, these will provide evidence of the nature and extent of Bronze Age activities in the area.


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Books and journals
Gilyard Beer, R, Devil's Ring, Brightwell Heath, (1984), 247-278
FXL 004,

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