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Bowl barrow in Tunstall Forest, 900m west of Blacklands Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Chillesford, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.1245 / 52°7'28"N

Longitude: 1.5055 / 1°30'19"E

OS Eastings: 640052.282822

OS Northings: 253152.153152

OS Grid: TM400531

Mapcode National: GBR XRC.PG7

Mapcode Global: VHM82.1VRQ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow in Tunstall Forest, 900m west of Blacklands Farm

Scheduled Date: 12 August 1960

Last Amended: 14 September 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011380

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21273

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Chillesford

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Chillesford St Peter

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on low ground to the south of
Barnes' Carr, within a forestry plantation. It is visible as an earthen mound
covering a circular area 26m in diameter and standing to a height of c.1.1m.
Fragments of Early Bronze Age pottery were found on the surface of the mound
in 1929 and again subsequently, and the function of the barrow as a funerary
monument was confirmed in 1967, when a Bronze Age urn containing a cremation
was recovered by staff of Ipswich Museum during their investigation of an
unauthorised shaft which had been found dug into the mound.

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 barrow 900m west of Blacklands Farm survives well and retains important
archaeological information, despite having undergone some limited disturbance
as a result of unauthorised excavation. Further evidence concerning the
construction of the barrow and the manner and duration of its use, and also
the local environment, at and prior to the time of its construction, will be
contained in the mound and in the soils preserved beneath it.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Owles, E, Smedley, N, 'Proc Suffolk Inst Archaeol' in A Collared Urn of the Early Middle Bronze Age from Chillesford, , Vol. 31, (1968)
CHF 002,
Martin, E, CHF 001, (1987)
XCVI, 93; card 104, Basil Brown archive,

Source: Historic England

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