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Bowl barrow 680m north of Dobbs Corner

A Scheduled Monument in Martlesham, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.067 / 52°4'1"N

Longitude: 1.265 / 1°15'53"E

OS Eastings: 623880.810721

OS Northings: 245990.509907

OS Grid: TM238459

Mapcode National: GBR VP5.8NS

Mapcode Global: VHLBV.W93S

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 680m north of Dobbs Corner

Scheduled Date: 14 December 1960

Last Amended: 12 May 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008526

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21266

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Martlesham

Built-Up Area: Kesgrave

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Martlesham St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich


The monument includes a bowl barrow and is situated within a narrow belt of
woodland bordered by the grounds of Suffolk Police HQ to the east, by a row of
houses fronting on to Deben Avenue to the west, and by a road, the A1214, to
the north. The barrow is visible as an earthen mound standing to a height of
0.8m and covering a circular area approximately 20m in diameter. In the
northern side of the mound is a curving or angled trench approximately 6m
long, probably dug during World War II and now eroded and overgrown. South of
this, near the centre of the mound, are two rectangular holes of more recent
date, the larger of which measures 4.2m east-west by 2.4m north-south and is
approximately 0.5m deep. The other, to the west of the first, measures 0.8m by
0.85m and is approximately 0.35m deep.

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 greater part of the barrow 680m north of Dobbs Corner survives well, and
the area of disturbance caused by the digging of a trench and two pits in the
northern half of the mound is small in relation to the monument as a whole.
Evidence concerning the construction of the barrow, the manner and duration of
its use, and also the environment, at and prior to the time of its
construction, will be contained in the mound and in the soil preserved beneath
it. The monument is close to another barrow which lies 100m to the south, and
these two are within a large group of barrows, others of which survive as
visible monuments in the Martlesham area; together these will provide evidence
of the nature and extent of Bronze Age activities in the area.

Source: Historic England


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Source: Historic England

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