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Fore Hill round barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Beddingham, East Sussex

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.8193 / 50°49'9"N

Longitude: 0.0729 / 0°4'22"E

OS Eastings: 546115.335604

OS Northings: 104245.90326

OS Grid: TQ461042

Mapcode National: GBR LS2.F8L

Mapcode Global: FRA C61X.VMY

Entry Name: Fore Hill round barrow

Scheduled Date: 22 November 1966

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002266

English Heritage Legacy ID: ES 269

County: East Sussex

Civil Parish: Beddingham

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Beddingham St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

Summary

Bowl barrow on Fore Hill, 815m north-east of Page’s New Barn.

Source: Historic England

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 2 March 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 surviving as a buried archaeological feature on a ridge of chalk downland, near the summit of Fore Hill in the South Downs. It is 98m NNW of a dew pond. In 1953, it comprised of a broadly circular mound, about 9m in diameter and 0.4m high.

It has since been partly levelled by cultivation but is likely to survive as a buried feature. Prehistoric flint flakes have been found on the mound. The bowl barrow is shown on Sussex OS maps (1:2500) of 1875, 1899, 1910 and 1930.

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 on Fore Hill, 815m north-east of Page’s New Barn survives as a buried feature and has the potential for the retention of archaeological information and environmental evidence relating to the barrow and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
NMR TQ40SE4. PastScape 406056.

Source: Historic England

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