Bowl barrow 580m north of Dobbs Corner
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- Suffolk Coastal (District Authority)
- National Grid Reference:
- TM 23863 45885
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 barrow 580m north of Dobbs Corner survives well as a whole, despite some superficial disturbance caused by the lifted root plates of several fallen trees. Evidence concerning the construction of the barrow, the manner and duration of its use, and also the local environment, at the time of and prior to its construction, will be contained in the mound and in the soils preserved beneath it. The monument is close to another barrow which lies 100m to the north, and these two are among a large group of barrows, others of which survive as visible monuments in the Martlesham area; together these will provide evidence of the nature and extent of Bronze Age activity in the area.
The monument includes a bowl barrow and is situated within a narrow belt of
mixed woodland between the grounds of Suffolk Police HQ to the east and a row
of houses fronting on to Deben Avenue to the west. The barrow is visible as
an earthen mound standing to a height of approximately 1m and covering a
circular area with a maximum diameter of 25m.
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.
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