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Bowl barrow on Tinker's Walks, 740m west of Eastwoodlodge Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Walberswick, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.3157 / 52°18'56"N

Longitude: 1.6253 / 1°37'31"E

OS Eastings: 647187.877037

OS Northings: 274811.953939

OS Grid: TM471748

Mapcode National: GBR YX1.XBF

Mapcode Global: VHM7C.4233

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Tinker's Walks, 740m west of Eastwoodlodge Farm

Scheduled Date: 19 March 1970

Last Amended: 14 September 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011385

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21278

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Walberswick

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Walberswick St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich


The monument includes a bowl barrow sited above a north-facing slope
overlooking the estuary of the River Blyth. The barrow is visible as an
earthen mound covering a circular area c.22m in diameter and standing to a
maximum height of 1.1m. Near the centre is an irregular hollow in the surface,
measuring 4.5m by 4.5m by 0.8m deep, which marks the site of an old
excavation. On the south and south-eastern sides are two other, more sharply
defined rectangular holes, measuring 4.5m by 3m by 0.8m deep and 3m by 3m by
1m deep respectively.

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 740m west of Eastwoodlodge Farm survives well and retains important
archaeological information, the scale of disturbance resulting from the
digging of three holes into the mound being 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 local environment, at and prior to the time
of its construction, will be preserved in the mound and in the soils buried
beneath it. The importance of the monument is enhanced by its proximity to a
second barrow, 225m to the south-west.

Source: Historic England

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