Bowl barrow on Waldringfield Heath, 150m south of Heath Farm


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Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Waldringfield Heath, 150m south of Heath Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Suffolk Coastal (District Authority)
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TM 26633 44818

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 the barrow on Waldringfield Heath has been reduced by ploughing, evidence of the date and manner of its use, and also of the local environment, at and prior to the time of its construction and use, will be preserved in the mound, in the soils beneath the base of the mound and in the fill of the buried ditch. The monument is one of a large group of barrows recorded in the area, others of which survive as visible earthworks in the neighbouring parishes of Brightwell, Foxhall and Martlesham; together these will provide evidence of the nature and extent of Bronze Age activity in the area.


The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on former heathland, 1800m west of the Deben estuary. The barrow is visible as a low mound, marked also by a light coloured, sandy patch in the ploughsoil, and the mound is encircled by a buried ditch. The mound was originally approximately 14m in diameter, but has been spread by ploughing to a diameter of approximately 25m and reduced to a height of approximately 0.25m. The surrounding ditch, from which earth was dug and used during construction of the barrow, has become filled in, but evidence that it exists as a buried feature beneath the ploughsoil has been recorded by means of aerial photography.

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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Robertson-Mackay, R, AM7, (1959)
Suffolk SMR ADH19,


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.

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