Bowl barrow on The Hangs


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1013563

Date first listed: 30-Nov-1925

Date of most recent amendment: 12-Sep-1995


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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Norfolk

District: North Norfolk (District Authority)

Parish: Cley Next the Sea

National Grid Reference: TG 06309 42710


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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.

Although the bowl barrow on The Hangs has suffered limited disturbance as a result of investigations in 1924, the monument as a whole survives well, and will retain archaeological information concerning the construction of the barrow and the manner and duration of its use. Evidence for the local environment before and during that period will also be preserved in soils buried beneath the mound and in the fill of the ditch. The information contained in the barrow has additional interest in relation to the archaeology of the large round barrow cemetery on Salthouse Heath nearby, and in this context has a wider significance for the study of the character and development of the prehistoric population of the area.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow prominently sited on the western end of the Cromer Ridge, above the steep scarp of its northern edge, overlooking the coastal marshes. The barrow is visible as an earthen mound encircled by a ditch. The mound stands to a height of c.1.5m and covers a circular area c.15m in diameter. The surrounding ditch, from which earth was dug and used in the construction of the barrow, has become partly infilled but can be seen as a depression c.2.5m wide and c.0.2m deep in the ground surface. The barrow lies c.550m north west of barrows on the western side of the large, dispersed round barrow cemetery on Salthouse Heath, and may be considered as an outlier of that group. A limited excavation was carried out on it in 1924.

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: 21361

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Books and journals
Lawson, A J, 'East Anglian Archaeol' in The Barrows of East Anglia, , Vol. 12, (1980), M 9
6179: North Norfolk, Cley-next-the-Sea,

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