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Bowl barrow on Playford Heath, 870m south of Lux Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Kesgrave, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.0671 / 52°4'1"N

Longitude: 1.2386 / 1°14'19"E

OS Eastings: 622073.930217

OS Northings: 245918.820625

OS Grid: TM220459

Mapcode National: GBR VP4.7ZM

Mapcode Global: VHLBV.F95Q

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Playford Heath, 870m south of Lux Farm

Scheduled Date: 26 May 1960

Last Amended: 2 August 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007330

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21257

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Kesgrave

Built-Up Area: Kesgrave

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Playford St Mary

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich


The monument includes a bowl barrow which is visible as a sub-circular earthen
mound, standing to a maximum height of c.0.8m, although slightly flattened on
the north side, and covering an area with a maximum diameter of 21m N-S by 19m
E-W. There is no trace on the ground surface of a ditch encircling the mound,
although such a ditch probably exists as a buried feature.

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.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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

The bowl barrow 870m south of Lux Farm shows no obvious signs of having been
disturbed, other than by animal burrowing and as a result of penetration by
tree roots. Evidence of the manner in which the barrow was constructed and
used, of the duration of its use and also of the local environment at the time
of and prior to its construction will be preserved in the mound and in the
soils buried beneath it. The importance of the monument is enhanced by the
fact that it is one of three barrows surviving within a distance of less than

Source: Historic England

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