Bowl barrow in Lynnroad Covert, 870m south east of Heath Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015254

Date first listed: 21-Oct-1977

Date of most recent amendment: 05-Mar-1997


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow in Lynnroad Covert, 870m south east of Heath Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Norfolk

District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk (District Authority)

Parish: Hockwold cum Wilton

National Grid Reference: TL 75899 91073


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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 bowl barrow in Lynnroad Covert survives well and there is no evidence that it has suffered any damage other than the limited disturbance caused by the planting of several trees upon it. The mound and deposits beneath it and in the fill of the ditch will retain archaeological information relating to the construction of the barrow and the manner and duration of its use, as well as evidence for the local environment at that time, and evidence for earlier land use is also likely to be preserved in soils buried beneath the mound. The monument has additional interest as one of a dispersed group of barrows located between 4km and 6km WNW of the prehistoric flint mines of Grimes Graves. As a group and in this context the barrows provide evidence for the study of the general character and development of prehistoric settlement in the area. The proximity of the barrow to the parish boundary is also of interest, because prehistoric earthworks of this type were sometimes used as markers in the defining of such boundaries.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow standing on a gentle south east facing slope within 20m of the parish boundary between Hockwold cum Wilton and Methwold, towards the western side of the Breckland region and the fen edge.

The barrow is visible as an earthen mound encircled by a ditch and has an overall diameter of c.41m. The mound stands to a height of c.0.8m and covers a circular area c.29m in diameter. The surrounding ditch, from which earth was quarried during construction of the barrow, has become largely infilled but survives as a buried feature, marked by a slight depression c.6m wide and c.0.2m deep in the ground surface.

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: 21422

Legacy System: RSM

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