Monument record IKL 073 - Bernersfield Farm

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Round barrow, also ? mislocated as IKL 049.


Grid reference Centred TL 7868 7556 (50m by 50m)
Map sheet TL77NE


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

Round barrow, also ? mislocated as IKL 049. Part of group of ?8 - see IKL 002-005, 049, 072 & 074.
1783: ?Possibly one of 4 barrows shown on Hodskinsons map (S1). 1843: Probably westernmost of group of 4 shown on OS 1st edition map (S2).
Henry Prigg excavated each of the four (recognisable) barrows, IKL 003, 004, 005 & ? 073 in July 1866 (largest)(S6). Autumn 1871 (two tumuli adjacent to the `westernmost of the group') and September 1872 (westernmost)(S6)(R1). It is not clear which was the `largest' but this is presumed to be IKL 005, or the `westernmost' (either 003 or 073) which is presumed to be IKL 073. No details of the excavations of the two adjacent tumuli east other than a reference to Henry Prigg junior - "who, it may be remembered, at this time last year explored the two adjacent ones of the series"(S6).
1872: Prigg excavated "the westernmost tumulus", "over 90 ft in diameter by about 4 ft in height" and "situated in a field". Two small vessels ("a cinerary urn" and a "plain drinking cup") and the remains of five cremations were found, and there were indications of a central grave although nothing was found in or near it. Other finds include a round scraper, flint hammer stone and a quartzite pebble, "that had been used as a flint flaker". Full details in (S3)(S6)(R1). The `N2' beaker in Elveden Estate Museum (S5) is not one of these. Note Prigg's "Westernmost tumulus" may relate to this or, possibly, IKL 002.
1977: "Ploughed remains of a barrow visible as a circular `lift' in stubble. It measures approximately 40m in diameter by 0.3m high with no visible ditch. No trace of any excavation was seen on the surface (S3).
1979: Diameter 37m, height 0.3m, in ploughed field (set to grass)(S4).

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <R1> (No record type): Bury & Norwich Post, note, 17-9-1872.
  • <M1> (No record type): Barrow survey archive:.
  • <S1> (No record type): Hodskinson R, Map of Suffolk 1783, Suff Rec Soc Reprint, 15, 1972.
  • <S2> (No record type): OS, 1 inch map, 1st ed, 1843.
  • <M2> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: copy (S6); comparative notes on barrow group.
  • <S3> Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TL77NE10, 1976 & 1977.
  • <S4> (No record type): SAU, Martin E A, Suffolk Barrow Survey archive notes, Ms, February 1979.
  • <S5> (No record type): Clarke D L, Beaker Pottery of GB & Ire, 1970, 497, fig 506.
  • <S6> (No record type): Jour Brit Archaeol Assoc, 30, 1874, 195-196.
  • <S7> Digital archive: Historic England. National Record Of the Historic Environment.

Finds (5)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Related Events/Activities (3)

Record last edited

Oct 26 2021 10:18AM

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