Bowl barrow in Tunstall Forest, 525m SSE of Fourwinds


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1017577

Date first listed: 26-Jan-1993


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow in Tunstall Forest, 525m SSE of Fourwinds
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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: Tunstall

National Grid Reference: TM 38575 56189


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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 barrow mound 525m SSE of Fourwinds has suffered superficial damage as a result of tree-planting, and the western edge of it has been cut away by the adjoining track, the scale of disturbance appears to be limited in relation to the monument as a whole. Evidence of the manner in which the barrow was constructed and used and of the duration of its use, as well as of the local environment at and prior to the time of construction, will survive in deposits in the mound and in the soils buried beneath it.


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The monument is a bowl barrow and includes a sub-circular, earthen mound 0.8m in height and with a maximum diameter of 15m. This mound has been cut or eroded on its western edge by the adjoining footpath and measures no more than 11m east-west. The mound was probably originally surrounded by a ditch from which earth was dug and used in the construction of the barrow, but any such feature has become completely filled and no trace of it survives on the ground surface. Evidence of such a ditch has, however, been noted in association with other barrow mounds in the surrounding area.

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: 21255

Legacy System: RSM

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