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Bowl barrow 750m south west of Redhouse Farm: part of a barrow cemetery on Levington Heath

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Bowl barrow 750m south west of Redhouse Farm: part of a barrow cemetery on Levington Heath

List entry Number: 1011341


The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Suffolk

District: Suffolk Coastal

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Bucklesham

County: Suffolk

District: Suffolk Coastal

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Levington

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 26-May-1960

Date of most recent amendment: 22-Nov-1993

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 21290

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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 750m south west of Redhouse Farm is among the visible components of a round barrow cemetery. Most 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. Although the mound has been reduced by ploughing, the barrow retains important archaeological information, both in itself and in relation to the cemetery 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 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 barrow cemetery, situated on level ground 100m north 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 a low earthen mound standing to a height of approximately 0.4m and covering a circular area approximately 22m in diameter. The mound is surrounded by a ditch approximately 3m wide from which earth was dug during construction of the barrow. This ditch has become completely infilled, but it survives as a buried feature, evidence of which 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.

Selected Sources

Phillips, A S, NAR TM24SW21E, (1962)
Suffolk SMR ACQ 30, 31,

National Grid Reference: TM 24969 40281


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