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Bowl barrow in Cottage Wood, 800m north-east of Rendlesham Hall Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Campsey Ash, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.139 / 52°8'20"N

Longitude: 1.4213 / 1°25'16"E

OS Eastings: 634216.423981

OS Northings: 254486.410264

OS Grid: TM342544

Mapcode National: GBR WPR.S6Z

Mapcode Global: VHM80.LH8L

Entry Name: Bowl barrow in Cottage Wood, 800m north-east of Rendlesham Hall Farm

Scheduled Date: 15 December 1975

Last Amended: 19 February 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017853

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21251

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Campsey Ash

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Campsea Ashe St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich


The monument includes a bowl barrow which consists of an earthen mound and
encircling ditch. The mound covers an area 21m in diameter and stands to a
height of 1.2m. In the southern part of the mound, extending from the centre,
is a hollow 9m long, 5.5m wide and 0.6m deep which is evidence of limited
excavation of probable 19th century date. The surrounding ditch, from which
earth was dug for use in the construction of the mound, has become partially
infilled, but is still visible on the north and west sides of the monument as
a depression 0.6m deep, with a maximum width of 4.5m. On the south and east
sides the circumference of the barrow mound, the original diameter of which
was about 17m, has been extended by upcast from the old excavation so as to
fill and cover the remains of the ditch completely. The present mound and
surviving ditch hollow together have a diameter of 25.5m.

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 in Cottage Wood has undergone limited excavation in the
past, the scale of disturbance is small in relation to the monument as a
whole, which still retains important archaeological information. Evidence
concerning the construction of the barrow and the manner and duration of its
use, as well as of the local environment at that time, will be contained in
the mound, in the soils preserved beneath the mound, and in the fill of the

Source: Historic England

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