Monument record BGL 007 - Eight round barrows on Martlesham Heath; Brightwell Heath
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|Grid reference||Centred TM 2465 4450 (24m by 23m)|
|Civil Parish||BRIGHTWELL, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK|
|Civil Parish||MARTLESHAM, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK|
Type and Period (3)
Round barrow, formerly on heathland (Brightwell Heath), now converted to farmland and housing estate:
1935 - Bowl barrow (S1).
1962 - Bowl barrow cut by a field boundary, to the S of which it is much reduced and spread by the plough. To the N, under bracken, it survives to a maximum height of 0.7m. Average diameter 21m (S2)
1978 - Height 0.8m, diameter 21m. Half ploughed and half under bracken, also 1 small oak tree. Several large rabbit holes (S3).
1982 - Contour survey carried out, maximum height 1.08m, diameter 24m (S4). 1983 - N half of barrow fenced, covered with a thin layer of topsoil and regrassed. Oak tree left in position. Sign erected. This half is now in a private garden, Block B, Hamlet J, Martlesham Heath. S half is still in a ploughed field (S5).
1985: Barrow lies on fence line, behind block of flats. N half of which is in communal garden, is grassed, has a single oak tree growing on it, is surrounded by a fence, and is marked by an explanatory notice, composed by E Martin (SAU) and erected by Bidwells. S half, which is in same arable field as 94a, is in cultivation and survives to only approx 0.25m high, in contrast to the approx 1m of the N half (S7).
A round barrow of probable Bronze Age date is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs, now bisected by a fenceline dividing the monument between a field, formerly part of Brightwell Heath, and the garden of a residential building. This site is one of a number of similar earthworks scattered around Brightwell Heath, clearly visible on photographs of 1947 (S8).
By 1992 the housing estate has expanded and a hint of a ditch may be visible around the barrow as a cropmark, but has not been transcribed (S9).
- <S1> SSF12209 (No record type): NWHCM, 1935.
- <M1> SSF37631 (No record type): Contour survey:.
- <M2> SSF37632 (No record type): Barrow survey archive:.
- <S2> SSF50032 Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TM24SW13A.
- <S3> SSF18226 (No record type): SAU Martin E, Barrow Survey,.
- <M3> SSF37633 (No record type): SAM file:.
- <S4> SSF19358 (No record type): SAU, Martin E, Contour Survey.
- <S5> SSF19476 (No record type): SAU, Martin E, view.
- <S6> SSF10469 (No record type): Lawson, A.J., Martin, E. & Priddy, D.. 1981. The Barrows of East Anglia. Lawson A J, Martin E A & Priddy D 'The Barrows of East Anglia', East Anglian Archaeology, 12, 1981, .
- <S7> SSF5242 Unpublished document: Department of the Environment. Scheduling information.
- <S8> SSF50005 Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1937 4219-20 18-JAN-1947.
- <S9> SSF50066 Photograph: OS, AP. OS OS/92363 169-70 27-JUN-1992.
Related Monuments/Buildings (0)
Related Events/Activities (9)
- Event - Survey: Site Visit by DOE (Coad V J) (Ref: DOE (Coad V J)) (ESF13425)
- Event - Survey: Site Visit by DOE (Healy F) (Ref: DOE (Healy F)) (ESF14018)
- Event - Survey: Site Visit by DOE (Paterson H) (Ref: DOE (Paterson H)) (ESF13917)
- Event - Survey: Site Visit by DOE (Robertson-Mackay R) (Ref: DOE (Robertson-Mackay R)) (ESF12264)
- Event - Survey: Site Visit by SAU (EM) (Ref: SAU (EM)) (ESF13742)
- Event - Survey: Site Visit by SAU (EM) (Ref: SAU (EM)) (ESF13983)
- Event - Survey: Site Visit by SAU (EM) (Ref: SAU (EM)) (ESF14007)
- Event - Survey: Survey by SAU (EM) (Ref: SAU (EM)) (ESF14224)
- Event - Interpretation: The Aggregate Landscape of Suffolk: The Archaeological Resource (NMP) (EXS18925)
Record last edited
Jun 7 2019 11:56AM