Group of four bowl barrows 600m south west of Buildings Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1021130

Date first listed: 24-Feb-2004


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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Norfolk

District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk (District Authority)

Parish: Syderstone

National Grid Reference: TF 82802 33387, TF 82807 33515, TF 82897 33441, TF 83055 33384


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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 four bowl barrows 600m south west of Buildings Farm survive well as a series of earthwork and buried remains. The monument will preserve archaeological information concerning the construction and date of the barrows. Evidence for the local environment at the time of construction will be contained in buried soils beneath the mounds. The association of the four barrows gives added interest and importance, and will contribute to an understanding of the character and development of the prehistoric landscape.


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The monument, which is in four separate areas of protection, includes a group of four bowl barrows 600m south west of Buildings Farm, located on former heathland at the western edge of the Good Sands upland region of north-west Norfolk.

The bowl barrows lie between 70m and 130m apart, with the group as a whole occupying an area with maximum dimensions of approximately 250m east-west by 130m north south. The barrow at the south west edge of the group is visible as a circular mound measuring approximately 28m in diameter and standing 0.4m high. The bowl barrow to the north west measures 26m in diameter and stands 0.4m high. The barrow at the the centre of the group measures 33m in diameter and stands 0.6m high and the fourth barrow, which lies about 100m to the east, is visible as a mound measuring about 30m in diameter and 0.3m 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: 35075

Legacy System: RSM


Norfolk SMR, NF1982, (2002)

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