Pepper Hill bowl barrow, 400m north east of Mill Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015264

Date first listed: 26-Jun-1924

Date of most recent amendment: 23-Dec-1996


Ordnance survey map of Pepper Hill bowl barrow, 400m north east of Mill Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Norfolk

District: Breckland (District Authority)

Parish: Weeting-with-Broomhill

National Grid Reference: TL 78673 88129


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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.

Pepper Hill bowl barrow survives well, and although there is evidence that it has been the subject of an antiquarian investigation, the disturbance is limited in relation to the monument as a whole. The mound and deposits beneath it and in the fill of the ditch will retain archaeological information relating to the construction of the barrow, the manner and duration of its use and the local environment at that time, and evidence for earlier land use is likely to be preserved in soils buried beneath the mound. The barrow is one of several which survive in the vicinity of the prehistoric flint mines of Grimes Graves and which, as a group, are of interest for the study of the general character and development of prehistoric settlement in this area of the Breckland region.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow located on a slight ridge on the western side of the Breckland region near the fen edge and c.1200m north of the Little Ouse River. The barrow is visible as an earthen mound encircled by a ditch. The mound stands to a height of c.2.4m and covers a circular area c.28m in diameter, and the surrounding ditch, which has become partly infilled, is marked by hollows c.3.5m wide and c.0.3m deep in the ground surface around the foot of the mound on the north east and south west sides. There is a slight cruciform depression in the top of the mound and low banks of earth tailing from the foot of it across the ditch on the north west and south east sides. These features are probably the result of an antiquarian excavation by Lord Rosehill, who is thought to have investigated this and six other barrows in the Weeting area in 1871.

A service pole adjacent to the mound is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath it is included.

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: 21434

Legacy System: RSM


5616: Pepper Hill, Weeting with Broomhill,

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