Record Details

NHER Number:3528
Type of record:Monument
Name:Bronze Age barrow


This Bronze Age barrow was partly excavated in 1843 by F.R. Lukis. He dug into the mound and noted that it had been cut into by gravel quarrying immediately to the south of the barrow in the 19th century. This has created its unusual asymmetrical shape. Nevertheless he still found exposed bones and burnt material during his excavation. The mound is thought to be surrounded by a ditch that has now been infilled. The barrow is part of a cluster of Bronze Age barrows on Harpley Common.


  • An aerial photograph of Bronze Age round barrows at Harpley  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TF 7666 2797
Map Sheet:TF72NE

Full description

Bowl barrow 1150m east northeast of Crow Hall, Harpley Common.

Barrow on Common.
Adjoins Anmer to Rudham road. Around 9m (10 feet) high but badly disturbed and irregular may have been dug into or excavated and made up again. Numerous flakes. Adjoining on west are excavations for stone and gravel and it has been suggested that it may be an upcast from such workings, but I am of the strong opinion that this is not the case and the presence of flakes proves its proper origin.
A.Q. Watson, 12 October 1935.

Two frags of yellow red Bronze Age pottery from rabbit burrow alongside.
P.L.K. Schwabe, 1938.

Probably the barrow No. 2 in (S1). Barrow contained flints and hard gravel. Mass of bones and burnt material exposed where cut by pit.
See (S1).

22m diameter, 3m high, steeper on south side.
A.J. Lawson (NAU), 1974.

Good condition.
J.J. Wymer (NAU).

Now only 20m diameter, much damaged by plough especially on northeast, heavy rabbit infestation.
D.A. Edwards (NAU), 18 May 1983.

Undamaged until November when plough cut into it. Blocks placed around edge by HBMC but in 1989 mound rotovated within blocks 'for grassing over'.
J.J. Wymer (NAU).

Monument Types

  • BOWL BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • ROUND BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds

  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • POT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Protected Status

  • Management Statement
  • Scheduled Monument

Sources and further reading

---Unpublished Report: Wymer, J. 1988. A Further Report on the Condition of Barrows in the County and the Question of their Preservation.
---Aerial Photograph: TF7527 D; TF7528 B,E,F; TF7627 E,G,M-N,AA-AQ,AT-ABJ; TF7628 A,B,E; TF7727 B, D.
---Article in Monograph: Edwards, D. 1976. The Air Photographs Collection of the Norfolk Archaeological Unit.. Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 2 pp 251-269.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 72 NE 13 [2].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Unpublished Document: Paterson, H. (A&E). Norfolk Ancient Monuments Management Project Site Form.
---Unpublished Document: Edwards, D.A.. 1989. Statement on the Aerial Photography of Plough Damage to Four Prehistoric Burial Mounds (Scheduled Ancient Monuments) at Harpley, Norfolk. 22 February.
---Unpublished Document: Wymer, J.. 1989. A statement on the discovery of recent plough-damage to four prehistoric burial mounds scheduled as Ancient Monuments. 21 February.
---Monograph: Lawson, A. J., Martin, E., Priddy, D. and Taylor, A. 1981. The Barrows of East Anglia. East Anglian Archaeology. No 12.
---Article in Serial: Robertson, D. & Paterson, H.. 2010. The Norfolk Monuments Management Project 1990-2010. Twenty Years Conserving the County's Rural Historic Environment.. Norfolk Archaeology. XLVI, pp 15-28.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Harpley.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Photograph: Edwards, D.. 1989. CXS 2, EME 1, EQF 7 to 10, EMV 4 to 5, EQG 8 to 12. Harpley Barrows..
---Photograph: Edwards, D.A.. 1989. CXT 8 to 9, CXX 6 to 7, EQF 11 to 12, EQG 13 to 14. Harpley Barrows.
---Designation: English Heritage. 1990-2013. English Heritage Scheduling Notification. Notification. DNF122.
---Designation: English Heritage. 1994? -2011?. English Heritage Digital Designation Record. Record. DNF122.
---Unpublished Document: Edwrds, D.. 1983. Condition report on barrows at Harpley and Anmer Minque.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Lukis, F.C.. Extract from one of the Lukis M.S. Note Books in Guernsey Museum..

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