Bowl barrow on Rushford Heath 180m west of Peddar's Way


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1018098

Date first listed: 02-Jul-1969

Date of most recent amendment: 27-Apr-1998


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Rushford Heath 180m west of Peddar's Way
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Suffolk

District: St. Edmundsbury (District Authority)

Parish: Euston

National Grid Reference: TL 94245 81180


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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 Rushford Heath, 180m west of Peddar's Way 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 the upstanding earthwork, in soils buried beneath the mound and in the fill of the buried ditch. The proximity of this barrow to a number of other barrows in this part of the Breckland region give it additional interest. Together the Breckland barrows, many of which are the subject of separate schedulings, give some evidence of the character, development and density of the prehistoric population in the area.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow located on Rushford Heath, 180m west of Peddar's Way. The barrow is visible as an earthen mound, which stands to a height of about 1.5m and covers a roughly circular area with a maximum diameter of about 34m. It is thought that the mound is encircled by a ditch with an estimated width of 3m, from which the earth was quarried during the construction of the barrow. Although this has become completely infilled and is no longer visible, it will survive as a buried feature.

The monument represents one of the Breckland barrows, many of which are the subject of separate schedulings.

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: 31107

Legacy System: RSM

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