Monument record MRM 012 - Eight Round Barrows on Martlesham Heath; Spratt's Plantation

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Round Barrow (Martlesham Heath Barrow Number 4). Scheduled


Grid reference Centred TM 2555 4535 (50m by 50m)
Map sheet TM24NE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Round Barrow (Martlesham Heath Barrow Number 4).
1838: One of three marked on OS one inch map, first edition. 1935: Large tree covered bowl (R1).
1962: Bowl barrow in good condition except for an old excavation trench and pit in the centre. Turf covered with trees growing upon it, the barrow has a diameter of 21m and is 1.8m high (S3).
1974: Mound circa 25m diameter, 1.84m high. An old excavation in the centre of the mound was cleared out. This proved to be of Second World War date. This disturbance reached a depth of 1.6m below the surface of the mound. Only finds were 3 sherds of pottery (one BA, one Rom, one ?Sax) and some flint flakes. The site was backfilled after the excavation (S4).
1981: Square trench on summit, nettle-filled. Grass covered and bracken and oak trees. Ditch not very marked (S1).
1985: Possible slight traces of ditch. Mound had dip in centre and is covered with oak, grass, bracken and brambles (S1).
1991: Said to be at risk. Three ploughed over, no indication. Three overgrown, one preserved in ploughland, two maintained by residents in private garden, one levelled to make lawn (S2).
1994: SAM area revised (S1).

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <R1> (No record type): NWHCM, 1935.
  • <M1> (No record type): Barrow file:.
  • <S1> (No record type): DOE, Scheduling information, SAM File 21268.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Suffolk Preservation Society. 1991. Suffolk Preservation Society Survey. Suff Pres Soc Survey, 1991.
  • <M2> (No record type): SAM file:.
  • <S3> Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TM24NE9B.
  • <S4> (No record type): Martin, E.A.. Martin E A, The Excav of Barrows 2, 3 & 4, Martlesham Heath, 1974, E Ang Archaeol, 3, 1976, 17-41.
  • <S5> Bibliographic reference: Martin, E.. 1981. The Barrows of East Anglia.

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Record last edited

Jun 26 2009 10:08AM

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