Record Details

NHER Number:11278
Type of record:Monument
Name:Bunker's Hill Bronze Age Bowl Barrow


This is the site of a Bronze Age bowl barrow, which is situated on a natural knoll on top of a northeast to southwest ridge on the edge of the Fen. This monument is located in close proximity to numerous other barrows, forming a dispersed cemetery group (NHER 61484) in this area. The barrow survives as an earthen mound, standing to a height of around 2.4m and covering a circular area around 25m in diameter, surrounded by a broad ditch and bank.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 7685 9094
Map Sheet:TL79SE

Full description

21 April 1962. Round barrow on Bunker's Hill.
100ft (30m) diameter, 4ft (1.2m) high.
R. R. Clarke (NCM), put it at 7664 9091.

28m diameter, 1.3m high,
Ditch 5m wide, 30cm deep. Well-preserved barrow covered with trees in plantation on steep knoll.
A. J. Lawson (NAU), 26 March 1976
(who corrected grid reference)

Marked on 17th century map in Norfolk Records Office (T/C1/10(a) as Ringhowe.
A. Lawson (NAU), December 1979.

Trees cleared all around mound but not from it, one very old pine in centre of other pines. Ditch well defined on north. Good condition.
J. Wymer (NAU), February 1989.

1997 MPP says 25m diameter, 2.4m high, ditch 5m wide, 0.3m deep.
E. Rose (NLA), 6 June 1997.

8 December 1997. Site visited by D.Gurney (NLA).
In clearing within newish plantation, and not easy to get to. Very impressive mound, with mature trees as noted earlier, a few gorse bushes and lots of bracken.
D. Gurney (NLA), 9 December 1997.

Schedule in file.

Scheduled Ancient Monument Management Plan March 2002-March 2007.
Copy in file.
D. Gurney (NLA), 24 April 2002.

September 2016. 'Brecks from Above' and Breckland National Mapping Programme.
The earthworks of this previously recorded bowl barrow are clearly visible on the Lidar data (S1) [1]. The barrow is surrounded by a ditch, 3-5 wide, and an outer bank, up to 5m across. The eastern edge of the outer bank has been cut into by later extraction. There appears to be a break in the bank to the south, although this may also so be the result of disturbance of the earthwork. Possible scoops and/or causeways may also be detectable within the profile of the ditch. A possible segment of bank to the north of the site may be related, although this may be associated with later activity.
This monument is located in close proximity to other barrows forming a probable cemetery (NHER 62104) and numerous other barrows, forming a dispersed cemetery group (NHER 61484) in this area.
S. Horlock (Norfolk Historic Environment Service), 21 September 2016.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument

Sources and further reading

---Designation: [unknown]. Ancient Monuments Form. SAM Record. DNF196.
---Unpublished Document: English Heritage. 2002. English Heritage Management Agreement.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TL 79 SE 29 [2].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Photograph: CXV 32, EMV 11.
---Designation: English Heritage. 1990-2013. English Heritage Scheduling Notification. Notification. DNF196.
---Designation: Department Of The Environment. 1882-1984?. Department of the Environment Scheduling Notification. Notification. DNF196.
---Designation: English Heritage. 1994? -2011?. English Heritage Digital Designation Record. Record. DNF196.
<S1>XYLIDAR Airborne Survey: Various. LIDAR Airborne Survey. LIDAR Weeting Forest Research 0.5m DTM 17-JUL-2015 (BNG Project, FC England, Fugro Geospatial). [Mapped feature: #63843 Extent of earthworks visible in a Lidar survey., ENF141031]

Related records

62104Part of: Barrow cemetery (Monument)
25487Related to: Possible Bronze Age round barrow near Bunker's Hill (Monument)
60120Related to: Probable Bronze Age round barrow at Wellington Plantation, near Bunker's Hill (Monument)
41681Related to: Probable Bronze Age round barrow or mound associated with a quarry (Monument)
61571Related to: The site of a possible Bronze Age round barrow (Monument)

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