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Round barrow south of Breaky Bottom

A Scheduled Monument in Southease, East Sussex

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Latitude: 50.8268 / 50°49'36"N

Longitude: -0.0114 / 0°0'40"W

OS Eastings: 540152.937617

OS Northings: 104907.945355

OS Grid: TQ401049

Mapcode National: GBR KQM.3Y0

Mapcode Global: FRA B6VX.CCK

Entry Name: Round barrow S of Breaky Bottom

Scheduled Date: 15 July 1966

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002264

English Heritage Legacy ID: ES 261

County: East Sussex

Civil Parish: Southease

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Rodmell St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


Bowl Barrow near Breaky Bottom, 452m south-west of Breaky Bottom Farm.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 26 February 2015. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a chalk download slope south of Breaky Bottom in the South Downs. It has been partly levelled by cultivation but survives as a broadly circular mound, about 12m in diameter and 0.5m high. The mound was originally at least 18m in diameter and 1.2m high.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Bowl barrows, the most numerous form of round barrow, are funerary monuments dating from the Late Neolithic period to the Late Bronze Age, with most examples belonging to the period 2400-1500 BC. They were constructed as earthen or rubble mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered single or multiple burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as cemeteries and often acted as a focus for burials in later periods. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable variation of form and longevity as a monument type provide important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisations amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period.

Despite part-levelling by cultivation, the bowl barrow near Breaky Bottom, 452m south-west of Breaky Bottom Farm, will contain archaeological and environmental information relating to the bowl barrow and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


East Sussex HER MES1922. NMR TQ40SW7. PastScape 406254.

Source: Historic England

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