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Bowl barrow at Eagletower Plantation

A Scheduled Monument in Wretham, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.5102 / 52°30'36"N

Longitude: 0.7691 / 0°46'8"E

OS Eastings: 588015.999846

OS Northings: 293862.000004

OS Grid: TL880938

Mapcode National: GBR RC3.P7T

Mapcode Global: VHKC0.85ZH

Entry Name: Bowl barrow at Eagletower Plantation

Scheduled Date: 7 April 2016

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1431695

County: Norfolk

Civil Parish: Wretham

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk


Bowl barrow located within the north-east corner of Eagletower Plantation, most likely of Bronze Age date.

Source: Historic England


Bowl barrow located within the north-east corner of Eagletower Plantation, most likely of Bronze Age date.

The bowl barrow is located within the north-east corner of Eagletower Plantation, to the north of Sturston Warren. The barrow is clearly defined as a round mound within a clearing surrounded by mature trees. It measures approximately 25m in diameter, 0.6m in height with a relatively flat top and no evidence of a ditch. The barrow is grass covered with bracken growth, and some trees and branches have fallen on the surface from the perimeter. The barrow is located approximately 1km north-east of a Bronze Age barrow cemetery (NHLE 1002891).

The scheduled area includes a 2m buffer zone around the circumference of the barrow.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

The bowl barrow at the north-east corner of Eagletower Plantation, is scheduled for the following principal reasons:

* Survival: as a well preserved earthwork monument representing the diversity of burial practices, beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities;

* Potential: for the stratified archaeological deposits which retain considerable potential to provide invaluable evidence not only for the individuals buried within but also evidence for the ideology, variation in burial practices and social organisation of the communities and social networks that were using the landscape in this way;

* Group value: for its close proximity to other related contemporary designated monuments such as the bowl barrow group (NHLE 1430558). The barrow also forms part of a multi-period landscape unencumbered by modern development and therefore offers a very high level of archaeological potential to enable understanding of the continuity and change in the use of the landscape from the Bronze Age up to the present day.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Lawson, A J, Martin, E, Priddy, D, Taylor, A, The Barrows of East Anglia, (1981)
Cushion, B., STANTA ILMP Woodland Earthwork Rapid Identification Survey, 2002
Norfolk Historic Environment Record - 37052

Source: Historic England

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