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Bowl barrow 750m north west of Lodge Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Lexham, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.7403 / 52°44'24"N

Longitude: 0.744 / 0°44'38"E

OS Eastings: 585333.940822

OS Northings: 319377.88467

OS Grid: TF853193

Mapcode National: GBR R8C.2XH

Mapcode Global: WHKQJ.DDH3

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 750m north west of Lodge Farm

Scheduled Date: 10 October 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020211

English Heritage Legacy ID: 35057

County: Norfolk

Civil Parish: Lexham

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Weasenham St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Norwich


The monument includes the remains of a bowl barrow located south of Weasenham
Lyngs, approximately 750m north west of Lodge Farm. The barrow is sited on
former heathland at the southern edge of the Good Sands upland region of north
west Norfolk. The bowl barrow is part of a wider, dispersed group of round
barrrows, aligned approximately east-west over a distance of about 2.5km.
Others in the group are the subject of separate schedulings. The bowl barrow
lies on a gentle north facing slope. It is visible as a mound measuring
approximately 25m in diameter and standing to a height of 1.2m.

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 750m north west of Lodge Farm survives well as earthwork and
buried remains. Archaeological information concerning the construction, date
and use of the barrow will be contained in the artificially raised mound and
in the deposits sealed beneath the mound. As part of a wider group of barrows,
which together form an area cemetery, it will contribute to an understanding
of the character and development of the prehistoric landscape.

Source: Historic England

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