Bowl barrow 1200m ENE of Crow Hall: one of a group of round barrows on Harpley Common
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1010576
Date first listed: 12-Apr-1926
Date of most recent amendment: 30-Jan-1995
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk (District Authority)
National Grid Reference: TF 76719 27934
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 bowl barrow 1200m ENE of Crow Hall is part of one of the principal barrow groups surviving in north west Norfolk, and will retain archaeological information which has additional interest in this context. The scale of the disturbance caused by limited investigation of the mound in the past is small in relation to the monument as a whole, and evidence for the construction of the barrow, for the manner and duration of its use, and for the local environment at that time, will be contained in the mound, in the soil buried beneath the mound and in the fill of a buried ditch. The barrow group as a whole is of wider importance for the study of the character and development of the prehistoric population of the area.
The monument includes a bowl barrow which is one of a dispersed group of round
barrows, sited on a broad ridge at the western edge of the Good Sands upland
region of north west Norfolk. The barrow stands 600m east of Peddars Way and
is visible as an earthen mound c.1m high and covering a circular area c.16m in
diameter. It is considered probable that the mound is encircled by a ditch
which has become infilled but which will survive as a buried feature. A
limited investigation of the mound was carried out in 1843 by F C Lukis.
The barrow group as a whole is aligned on a north west-south east axis over a distance of c.2.6km.
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.
Legacy System number: 21339
Legacy System: RSM
MS notebook in Guernsey Museum, Lukis, FC, (1843)
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.
End of official listing