Bowl barrow north west of Shootinglodge Plantation 430m south west of The Grange

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1017793

Date first listed: 30-Aug-1960

Date of most recent amendment: 23-Feb-1998

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow north west of Shootinglodge Plantation 430m south west of The Grange
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Location

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

County: Suffolk

District: Forest Heath (District Authority)

Parish: Herringswell

National Grid Reference: TL 71344 69557

Summary

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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 to the north west of Shootinglodge Plantation has been reduced in height and spread by ploughing the remains of the mound, the soils buried beneath the mound and the fill of the buried ditch surrounding it will retain archaeological information concerning its construction and the manner and duration of its use, together with evidence for the local environment. The proximity of the barrow to a number of other barrows in this part of the Breckland region give it additional interest. Together these barrows give some evidence of the character, development and density of the prehistoric population in this area.

History

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Details

The monument, which includes a bowl barrow, is located immediately to the north west of Shootinglodge Plantation. The barrow is visible as a low earthen mound, which stands to a height of approximately 0.2m. The barrow mound is roughly circular area with a maximum diameter of about 30m.The barrow has been spread by cultivation over the years. It is thought that the mound is encircled by a ditch from which earth was quarried during the construction of the barrow, and although this has now become completely infilled and is no longer visible it will survive as a buried feature below the spread of the mound.

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.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 31092

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Other
SAU site visit, Martin, E, (1976)
Title: Ordnance Survey 1st Edition Source Date: 1836 Author: Publisher: Surveyor: 6"

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