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Bowl barrow on Lowster Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Merton, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.5339 / 52°32'2"N

Longitude: 0.8022 / 0°48'8"E

OS Eastings: 590160.215261

OS Northings: 296585.550219

OS Grid: TL901965

Mapcode National: GBR RBY.5MB

Mapcode Global: VHKBT.VKGV

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Lowster Hill

Scheduled Date: 21 February 1977

Last Amended: 8 April 2016

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1003931

English Heritage Legacy ID: NF 359

County: Norfolk

Civil Parish: Merton

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk


Bowl barrow, most likely of Bronze Age date.

Source: Historic England


Bowl barrow at Lowster Hill, most likely of Bronze Age date.

This barrow survives as an earthen mound covered in bracken and nettles with a surrounding ditch. The mound measures approximately 26m in diameter with the growth of bracken and nettles indicating the line of the 4m wide ditch. The barrow is marked with a silver star on a 1m high pole, a sign used by the Ministry of Defence in recognition of their scheduled status.

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

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

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

The bowl barrow at Lowster Hill, most likely of Bronze Age origin, 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 bowl barrows at Waterhouse Lodge (NHLE 1004039) and the group of tumuli on Sparrow Hill (1004037). 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, AJ, Martin, EA, Priddy, D, Taylor, A, East Anglian Archaeology Report No. 12 The Barrows of East Anglia, (1981)
Norfolk Historic Environment Record - 7380
STANTA ILMP Woodland Earthwork Rapid Identification Survey

Source: Historic England

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