Bowl barrow 680m north of Dobbs Corner


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Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 680m north of Dobbs Corner
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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 23881 45991

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 greater part of the barrow 680m north of Dobbs Corner survives well, and the area of disturbance caused by the digging of a trench and two pits in the northern half of the mound is small in relation to the monument as a whole. Evidence concerning the construction of the barrow, the manner and duration of its use, and also the environment, at and prior to the time of its construction, will be contained in the mound and in the soil preserved beneath it. The monument is close to another barrow which lies 100m to the south, and these two are within 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 activities in the area.


The monument includes a bowl barrow and is situated within a narrow belt of woodland bordered by the grounds of Suffolk Police HQ to the east, by a row of houses fronting on to Deben Avenue to the west, and by a road, the A1214, to the north. The barrow is visible as an earthen mound standing to a height of 0.8m and covering a circular area approximately 20m in diameter. In the northern side of the mound is a curving or angled trench approximately 6m long, probably dug during World War II and now eroded and overgrown. South of this, near the centre of the mound, are two rectangular holes of more recent date, the larger of which measures 4.2m east-west by 2.4m north-south and is approximately 0.5m deep. The other, to the west of the first, measures 0.8m by 0.85m and is approximately 0.35m deep.

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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Healy F, AM107 (1985), (1985)


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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