Record Details

NHER Number:3529
Type of record:Monument
Name:Bronze Age barrow


This Bronze Age barrow was partly excavated in 1843 by F.R. Lukis. The earth mound can still be seen but the ditch surrounding it is now 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 7671 2793
Map Sheet:TF72NE

Full description

Bowl Barrow 1200m east of Crow Hall, Harpley Common.

Barrow on Harpley Common.
Small tumulus some 36m to 45m (40 to 50 yards) southeast of NHER 3528. Height about 1m (3.5 feet), diameter about 4.27m (14 feet). No ditch, apparently undug. Surface close turf.
A.Q. Watson, 12 October 1935.

However probably that dug by Lukis in 1843 which contained loose flints at the top and dark stiff sand at the base. See (S1).

15m diameter, 1.05m high with ploughed edges. Grassed.
A.J. Lawson (NAU), 7 February 1974.

Now 13m diameter, heavily ploughed all round edge.
D.A. Edwards (NAU), 18 May 1981.

See [1].
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 - none

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---Unpublished Report: Wymer, J. 1988.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.
---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---Unpublished Document: Edwards, D.A.. 1989.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---Unpublished Document: Wymer, J.. 1989.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.
---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: CXS 2, EME 1, EQF 1-6, EMV 4-5, EQG 1-7.
---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. DNF123.
---Designation: English Heritage. 1994? -2011?. English Heritage Digital Designation Record. Record. DNF123.
---Unpublished Document: Edwrds, D.. 1983. Condition report on barrows at Harpley and Anmer Minque.
<S1>Article in Monograph: Edwards, D. 1976. The Air Photographs Collection of the Norfolk Archaeological Unit.. Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 2 pp 251-269.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Lukis, F.C.. Extract from one of the Lukis M.S. Note Books in Guernsey Museum..
<S2>Monograph: Lawson, A. J., Martin, E., Priddy, D. and Taylor, A. 1981. The Barrows of East Anglia. East Anglian Archaeology. No 12.

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