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Bowl barrow 170m west of Kesgrave High School buildings

A Scheduled Monument in Kesgrave, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.0672 / 52°4'1"N

Longitude: 1.2413 / 1°14'28"E

OS Eastings: 622259.228835

OS Northings: 245934.638749

OS Grid: TM222459

Mapcode National: GBR VP4.8NQ

Mapcode Global: VHLBV.G9LN

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 170m west of Kesgrave High School buildings

Scheduled Date: 26 May 1960

Last Amended: 2 August 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007354

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21258

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 an earthen mound
standing to a height of 0.7m and covering an area with a maximum diameter of
20m. There is no trace on the ground surface of a ditch encircling the mound,
but one 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

Even though the edge of the barrow west of Kesgrave High School has been
degraded by ploughing in the past, and the hummocky surface of the mound
suggests that there has been some disturbance, the monument survives well
enough to have retained important archaeological information. Evidence of the
manner in which the barrow was constructed and used, of the duration of its
use and 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 300m.

Source: Historic England

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