Bowl barrow on north west edge of Gibson's Slip, 220m north west of Gate Lodge


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1017794

Date first listed: 27-Apr-1976

Date of most recent amendment: 23-Feb-1998


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on north west edge of Gibson's Slip, 220m north west of Gate Lodge
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Suffolk

District: Forest Heath (District Authority)

Parish: Eriswell

National Grid Reference: TL 77897 77373


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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, on the north west edge of Gibson's Slip survives well and will retain archaeological information concerning its construction and the manner and duration of its use. Evidence for the local environment prior to and during that time will also be preserved in soils buried beneath the mound and in the fills of the buried ditch. The proximity of the barrow to a number of other barrows in this part of the Breckland region, in particular the Icklingham barrow cemetery which lies about 2km to the south, give it additional interest. The majority of these barrows stand on land which was in the past, and in many cases still is, heathland and warren. Together these barrows give some evidence of the character, development and density of the prehistoric population in this area.


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The monument, which includes a bowl barrow, is located on the north west edge of Gibson's Slip, 220m north west of Gate Lodge, in an area dominated by heathland. The barrow is visible as an earthen mound, stands to a height of approximately 0.8m, and is approximately 31m in diameter. 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 3m wide. The fence on the south east side of the monument 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.


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

Legacy System number: 31093

Legacy System: RSM


Title: Eriswell Tithe Map Source Date: 1839 Author: Publisher: Surveyor: Suffolk Records Office T 94/1, 2

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