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Bowl barrow north of Bodney Warren

A Scheduled Monument in Hilborough, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.5501 / 52°33'0"N

Longitude: 0.7216 / 0°43'17"E

OS Eastings: 584625.999901

OS Northings: 298172.000002

OS Grid: TL846981

Mapcode National: GBR Q9B.389

Mapcode Global: VHKBS.G5CF

Entry Name: Bowl barrow north of Bodney Warren

Scheduled Date: 26 June 1924

Last Amended: 8 April 2016

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1003153

English Heritage Legacy ID: NF 36

County: Norfolk

Civil Parish: Hilborough

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Bodney St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Norwich


Bowl barrow located north of Bodney Warren, most likely of Bronze Age date.

Source: Historic England


Bowl barrow located north of Bodney Warren, most likely of Bronze Age date.

This bowl barrow survives as a round earthen mound, covered in grass, nettles and bracken and measuring approximately 36m in diameter and 1.2m in height with no visible evidence of a ditch. It is thought that the height of the barrow has been reduced and spread slightly by natural erosion since first recorded. The barrow is bounded to the east by a fence which curves around the south-east slope of the mound, which is clipped by a track immediately south of the fence. A Ministry of Defence (MoD) six-pointed star on a post positioned on the centre of the mound marks the site as a scheduled monument.

The scheduled area includes a 2m buffer zone around the circumference of the barrow.

The MoD star is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath it is included.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

The bowl barrow north of Bodney Warren, most likely of Bronze Age date is scheduled for the following principal reasons:

* Survival: as a well preserved earthwork monument representing the diversity of burial practices, beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities;

* Potential: for the stratified archaeological deposits which retain considerable potential to provide invaluable evidence not only for the individuals buried within but also evidence for the ideology, variation in burial practices and social organisation of the communities and social networks that were using the landscape in this way;

* Group value: for its close proximity to other related and contemporary scheduled monuments such as the group of barrows near Hopton House (NHLE1003962) and two bowl barrows north-west of Waterend Farm (NHLE 1004033). The barrow also forms part of a multi-period landscape unencumbered by modern development and therefore offers a very high level of archaeological potential to enable understanding of the continuity and change in the use of the landscape from the Bronze Age up to the present day.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Lawson, A J, Martin, E, Priddy, D, Taylor, A, The Barrows of East Anglia, (1981)
Davison, A, 'The Field Archaeology of Bodney and the Stanta Extension' in Norfolk Archaeology, (1994), 59
Cushion, B 2002 STANTA ILMP Woodland Earthwork Rapid Identification Survey
Norfolk Historic Environment Record - 5025

Source: Historic England

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