Bowl barrow 810m SSE of Forestry Lodge


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1021128

Date first listed: 24-Feb-2004


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 810m SSE of Forestry Lodge
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Norfolk

District: Breckland (District Authority)

Parish: Cockley Cley

National Grid Reference: TF 82495 05460


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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 height of the mound has been reduced by ploughing in the past, the bowl barrow 810m SSE of Forestry Lodge survives well as a series of earthwork and buried remains. The monument will preserve archaeological information concerning the construction and date of the barrow. Evidence for the local environment at the time of construction will be contained in buried soils beneath the mound. It is associated with another round barrow, giving the monument added interest and importance, and will contribute to our understanding of the character and development of the prehistoric landscape.


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The monument includes the remains of a bowl barrow located on a north west facing slope, 810m SSE of Forestry Lodge. The barrow, one of a grouprecorded in the area in the mid-18th century, is situated in the northern part of the Breckland region of south west Norfolk. Another round barrow lies approximately 350m to the north east and is the subject of a separate scheduling. The barrow is visible as an earthen mound measuring approximately 28m in diameter and standing approximately 0.4m high.

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: 35073

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Lawson, A J, 'East Anglian Archaeology' in Barrow Excavations In Norfolk, 1950-82, , Vol. 29, (1986), 106-107

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