Bowl barrow on Bunker's Hill, 650m west of Pilgrims' Walk


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Scheduled Monument
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Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Bunker's Hill, 650m west of Pilgrims' Walk
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Breckland (District Authority)
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TL 76980 91049

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 small bowl barrow 650m west of Pilgrims' Walk survives well and is not known to have suffered any damage other than some superficial disturbance caused by forestry cultivation. The mound and deposits beneath it and in the fill of the ditch will retain archaeological information concerning the construction of the barrow, the manner and duration of its use and the local environment at that time. Evidence of earlier land use is also likely to be preserved in soils buried beneath the mound. The monument is one of a group of five barrows in a north east-south west alignment, the nearest being c.85m to the north east. As a group these have additional interest in relation to the prehistoric flint mines which lie c.4km to the south east, and, together with other barrows preserved in this part of the Breckland region will provide evidence for the study of the general character and development of prehistoric settlement in the area.


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the eastern side of a north east-south west ridge towards the western side of the Breckland region and the fen edge. The barrow is visible as a small earthen mound standing to a height of c.0.7m and covering a circular area c.8m in diameter. It is thought that the mound is encircled by a ditch c.3m wide which has become infilled and is no longer visible, although it will survive as a buried feature.

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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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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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