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Bowl barrow 400m south west of Desnage Lodge

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Bowl barrow 400m south west of Desnage Lodge

List entry Number: 1018307


The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Suffolk

District: Forest Heath

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Higham

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 12-Mar-1959

Date of most recent amendment: 04-Feb-1999

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 31143

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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.

Despite the presence of a quarry pit approximately 2m to the NNW, the bowl barrow 400m south west of Desnage Lodge survives well. It will retain archaeological information concerning the 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 the barrow to a number of other barrows in this area, in particular the barrow to the north west of Pin Farm approximately 1km to the west and the group of three barrows NNW of Needham Street, approximately 2km to the south west, give it additional interest. 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 includes a bowl barrow located close to the Icknield Way. The barrow is visible as an earthen mound which stands to a height of about 0.5m and covers a roughly circular area with a maximum diameter of about 24m. 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, and although this has become completely infilled and is no longer visible, it will survive as a buried feature.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

Selected Sources

Title: Gazeley Tithe Map Source Date: 1845 Author: Publisher: Surveyor: SRU TI56/1
Title: Gazeley Tithe Map Source Date: 1939 Author: Publisher: Surveyor: SRU TI56/1

National Grid Reference: TL 73518 67337


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