Bowl barrow 820m south west of Redhouse Farm: part of a barrow cemetery on Levington Heath


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1011339

Date first listed: 26-May-1960

Date of most recent amendment: 22-Nov-1993


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 820m south west of Redhouse Farm: part of a barrow cemetery on Levington Heath
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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: Levington

National Grid Reference: TM 24867 40253


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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.

The barrow 820m south west of Redhouse Farm is the most prominent of the visible components of a round barrow cemetery. Most of such cemeteries developed over a considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including different types of round barrow and, wherever large scale investigation has been undertaken, revealing contemporary or later `flat' burials between the barrow mounds. The barrow survives well and retains important archaeological information; the area of disturbance, represented by the central hollow, affects only 15% of the monument as a whole. Evidence concerning the construction of the barrow, the manner and duration of its use, and also the local environment, at and prior to that time, will be contained in the barrow mound, in the soils preserved beneath the mound, and in the fill of the buried ditch. The Levington Heath barrow cemetery is part of a larger group of round barrows and circular ditched enclosures which extend in a line to the north west, over a distance of 3km, to Seven Hills, Nacton. The parish boundary between Levington and Nacton, to the south, and Bucklesham and Foxhall, to the north, follows the same line, showing a relationship which is of particular interest for the study of the prehistoric and medieval landscape history of the area.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow within Levington Heath barrow cemetery, situated on level ground 150m north west of the junction between the parish boundaries of Levington, to the west, Bucklesham to the north and east, and Stratton Hall to the south. The barrow is visible as an earthen mound, standing to a height of 2.5m and covering a circular area approximately 28m in diameter. The mound is encircled by a ditch, from which earth was dug during construction of the barrow. The ditch has become completely infilled, but survives as a buried feature approximately 3m wide. A hollow approximately 9m wide in the mound surface, extending from the southern edge into the centre, marks the site of an old exploration, thought to date from 1925.

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: 21288

Legacy System: RSM


AM7, (1959)
Camber, A G, Letter in Ipswich Museum, (1925)
Suffolk SMR ACQ 30, 31,

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