Monument record TUN 010 - Plot 214; One or more bowl barrows in Tunstall Forest 950m N of Heath Cottages

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The site of at least one earthwork Bronze Age round barrow is located within Tunstall Forest. The main barrow is protected as a Scheduled Monument. Assessment of the aerial photographs and Lidar imagery indicated that further possible mounds may be present to the south of the main barrow.


Grid reference Centred TM 3823 5531 (44m by 51m)
Map sheet TM35NE


Type and Period (4)

Full Description

February 1993: Probable round barrow, circa 14m diameter, with surrounding ditch, circa 30cm deep, still visible all way round (disturbed by tree root clearance). Trace of outer bank to ditch. Possible depression just S of centre of mound. Observed and recorded in area prepared for replanting by Forestry Commission. FC Advised not to replant area of barrow mound, which survives to a height of circa 1.3m above bottom of ditch (S1). Scatter of heavily burnt flints over mound. Further details in (S2). Photographs to follow.
January 1998: Scheduled - NGR amended to TM 3823 5532 from TM 3824 5532. Details in (S3).

November 2015. Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Beauty National Mapping Programme.
The earthworks of the previously recorded round barrow are clearly visible on the aerial photographs and the Lidar imagery (S4-S7). The aerial photographs and Lidar further may indicate that further possible mounds are visible, although it is not completely clear. Surrounding the main barrow and encircling ditch is a possible low bank or elongated mound to the east of the barrow – most clearly visible on the Lidar (S7). To the immediate south of this is another possible sub-circular mound, surrounded by a ditch. This may represent another barrow, although it is possible that this relates to Second World War activity or earlier.
S. Horlock (Norfolk Historic Environment Service), 25th November 2015.

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <S1> (No record type): SAU, Newman J, February 1993.
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: (S2).
  • <S2> (No record type): SAU, Newman J, site report, TUN 010, March 1993, map.
  • <M2> (No record type): Photographs: slides CWS 0090 & 010.
  • <M3> (No record type): SAM file: (S3).
  • <S3> (No record type): English Heritage, scheduling information.
  • <S4> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical aerial photograph. US/7PH/GP/LOC132 V 5056-5057 30-DEC-1943 (EHA Laser Copy).
  • <S5> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical aerial photograph. RAF/106G/UK/832 RP 3136-3137 23-SEP-1945 (EHA Original Print).
  • <S6> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical aerial photograph. RAF/106G/UK/929 RP 3318-1119 16-OCT-1945 (EHA Original Print).
  • <S7> LIDAR Airborne Survey: LIDAR airborne survey. LIDAR TM3855 Environment Agency 2m DTM 03-OCT-2012.

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Jul 25 2019 9:17AM

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