Bowl barrow 900m south west of Redhouse Farm: part of a barrow cemetery on Levington Heath


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1011342

Date first listed: 26-May-1960

Date of most recent amendment: 22-Nov-1993


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 900m 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 24526 40544


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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 900m 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 barrow mound has been reduced by ploughing, the monument retains important archaeological information, both in itself and in relation to the cemetery as a whole. Evidence concerning the manner and duration of use of the barrow, and also the local environment, at and prior to that time, will be contained in the soils preserved beneath the mound. 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 140m south east of the parish boundary between Levington and Bucklesham, which lies to the north. The barrow is visible as a low earthen mound and marked also by a sandy patch in the ploughsoil. In 1959, when already under cultivation, the mound was recorded as measuring approximately 1.2m in height and 27m in diameter. Since then it has been reduced by ploughing and now stands to a height of approximately 0.4m and covers a circular area approximately 24m in diameter.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 3 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: 21291

Legacy System: RSM


AM7, (1959)
Suffolk SMR ACQ 30, 31,

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