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Bowl barrow in Tunstall Forest, 950m north west of Heath Cottages

A Scheduled Monument in Tunstall, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.1447 / 52°8'40"N

Longitude: 1.4805 / 1°28'49"E

OS Eastings: 638236.096732

OS Northings: 255314.033928

OS Grid: TM382553

Mapcode National: GBR XR4.H3Z

Mapcode Global: VHM81.MC17

Entry Name: Bowl barrow in Tunstall Forest, 950m north west of Heath Cottages

Scheduled Date: 16 January 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017636

English Heritage Legacy ID: 30529

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Tunstall

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Tunstall St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on former heathland in Tunstall
Forest, lying 950m north west of Heath Cottages. The barrow is visible as an
earthen mound surrounded by a ditch. The mound, which is circular in plan,
stands to a height of up to 1m and covers an area approximately 14m in
diameter. The ditch, from which earth was quarried during construction of the
barrow, has become largely infilled, but can be traced as a hollow
approximately 3.5m wide and 0.3m deep in the ground surface around the base of
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 bowl barrow 950m north west of Heath Cottages survives well, and
archaeological information concerning its construction, the manner and
duration of its use and also the local environment at that time will be
preserved in the mound, in soils buried beneath the mound, and in the fill of
the ditch. This barrow is one of a small, dispersed group of bowl barrows
which survive within and immediately around Tunstall Forest.

Source: Historic England

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