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Bowl barrow known as John Mann's Clump

A Scheduled Monument in Elveden, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.3632 / 52°21'47"N

Longitude: 0.6731 / 0°40'23"E

OS Eastings: 582107.748545

OS Northings: 277267.8515

OS Grid: TL821772

Mapcode National: GBR QCD.WHQ

Mapcode Global: VHJG2.MV6R

Entry Name: Bowl barrow known as John Mann's Clump

Scheduled Date: 10 June 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018044

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31101

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Elveden

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Elveden St Andrew and St Patrick

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich


The monument includes a bowl barrow located in the centre of a field,
approximately 200m to the south of the Duke's Ride and 230m to the north west
of the line of the Icknield Way. The barrow is visible as an earthen mound
which stands to a height of about 0.5m and covers a roughly circular area with
a maximum diameter of about 27m. It is thought that the mound is encircled by
a ditch, with an estimated width of 3m, from which earth was quarried during
the construction of the barrow. Although this has now become completely
infilled and is no longer visible, it will survive as a buried feature.

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 known as John Mann's Clump survives well and will retain
archaeological information concerning its construction and the manner and
duration of its use. Evidence for the local environment prior to and during
that time will also be preserved in soils buried beneath the mound and in
the fills of the buried ditch. The proximity of the barrow to a number of
other barrows in this part of the Breckland region give it additional
interest. Together these barrows give some evidence of the character,
development and density of the prehistoric population in this area.

Source: Historic England


Title: Elveden Tithe Map
Source Date: 1841

Source: Historic England

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