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Bowl barrow on Iken Heath, 620m north of Fazeboons

A Scheduled Monument in Iken, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.1396 / 52°8'22"N

Longitude: 1.5132 / 1°30'47"E

OS Eastings: 640495.227

OS Northings: 254858.3494

OS Grid: TM404548

Mapcode National: GBR XR5.Z80

Mapcode Global: VHM82.5HT3

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Iken Heath, 620m north of Fazeboons

Scheduled Date: 12 January 1961

Last Amended: 14 September 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011434

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21274

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Iken

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Iken St Botolph

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated above a gentle, north-facing
slope overlooking the estuary of the River Alde. It is visible as a low
earthen mound, reduced and spread by ploughing, measuring c.0.3m in height and
covering a circular area c.30m in diameter.

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

Although the barrow 620m north of Fazeboons has been damaged by ploughing, the
monument retains important evidence concerning the date and manner of its use,
and also the local environment at and prior to the time of its construction.
It is one of several which survive in and immediately around Tunstall Forest
and which together provide information concerning the use of the area during
the Bronze Age.

Source: Historic England


Robertson-Mackay, R, AM7, (1959)

Source: Historic England

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