Bowl barrow in Tunstall Forest, 900m west of Blacklands Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1011380

Date first listed: 12-Aug-1960

Date of most recent amendment: 14-Sep-1993


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow in Tunstall Forest, 900m west of Blacklands Farm
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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: Chillesford

National Grid Reference: TM 40052 53152


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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 west of Blacklands Farm survives well and retains important archaeological information, despite having undergone some limited disturbance as a result of unauthorised excavation. Further evidence concerning the construction of the barrow and the manner and duration of its use, and also the local environment, at and prior to the time of its construction, will be contained in the mound and in the soils preserved beneath it.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on low ground to the south of Barnes' Carr, within a forestry plantation. It is visible as an earthen mound covering a circular area 26m in diameter and standing to a height of c.1.1m. Fragments of Early Bronze Age pottery were found on the surface of the mound in 1929 and again subsequently, and the function of the barrow as a funerary monument was confirmed in 1967, when a Bronze Age urn containing a cremation was recovered by staff of Ipswich Museum during their investigation of an unauthorised shaft which had been found dug into the mound.

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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Legacy System number: 21273

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Owles, E, Smedley, N, 'Proc Suffolk Inst Archaeol' in A Collared Urn of the Early Middle Bronze Age from Chillesford, , Vol. 31, (1968)
CHF 002,
Martin, E, CHF 001, (1987)
XCVI, 93; card 104, Basil Brown archive,

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