Bowl barrow 230m south west of Little Lodge Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1018042

Date first listed: 29-Jul-1964

Date of most recent amendment: 27-Apr-1998


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 230m south west of Little Lodge Farm
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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: Santon Downham

National Grid Reference: TL 83677 86941


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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 230m south west of Little Lodge Farm is a well preserved example, with a variety of visible components including an outer bank which is a relatively common feature in the barrows surviving in this region. It 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 partly buried ditch. The proximity of the barrow to a number of other barrows in this part of the Breckland region gives it additional interest. Together these barrows, which are mainly sited on former heathland and warren, give some evidence of the character, development and density of the prehistoric population in this area.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow sited on a gentle north east facing slope, approximately 200m to the south of the River Little Ouse. The barrow is visible as an earthen mound, which stands to a height of about 1m and covers a roughly circular area measuring about 27m in diameter. Encircling the mound are a ditch and external bank. The ditch is largely infilled but is marked by a hollow about 0.2m deep and up to 12m wide in the ground surface. The external bank is approximately 9m wide and survives in places up to 0.2m high. The fences on the north west and west sides of the monument and the surface of the trackway to the north west are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath them 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: 31099

Legacy System: RSM

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