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Bowl barrow 810m SSE of Forestry Lodge

A Scheduled Monument in Cockley Cley, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.6162 / 52°36'58"N

Longitude: 0.6943 / 0°41'39"E

OS Eastings: 582495.217001

OS Northings: 305459.982801

OS Grid: TF824054

Mapcode National: GBR Q8B.VR0

Mapcode Global: WHKR2.MHTP

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 810m SSE of Forestry Lodge

Scheduled Date: 24 February 2004

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1021128

English Heritage Legacy ID: 35073

County: Norfolk

Civil Parish: Cockley Cley

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Cockley-Cley All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Norwich


The monument includes the remains of a bowl barrow located on a north west
facing slope, 810m SSE of Forestry Lodge. The barrow, one of a grouprecorded
in the area in the mid-18th century, is situated in the northern part of the
Breckland region of south west Norfolk. Another round barrow lies
approximately 350m to the north east and is the subject of a separate
The barrow is visible as an earthen mound measuring approximately 28m in
diameter and standing approximately 0.4m high.

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 height of the mound has been reduced by ploughing in the past,
the bowl barrow 810m SSE of Forestry Lodge survives well as a series of
earthwork and buried remains. The monument will preserve archaeological
information concerning the construction and date of the barrow. Evidence for
the local environment at the time of construction will be contained in buried
soils beneath the mound. It is associated with another round barrow, giving
the monument added interest and importance, and will contribute to our
understanding of the character and development of the prehistoric landscape.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Lawson, A J, 'East Anglian Archaeology' in Barrow Excavations In Norfolk, 1950-82, , Vol. 29, (1986), 106-107

Source: Historic England

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