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Bowl Barrow on Peacehaven Heights, 242m south-west of Warren Court

A Scheduled Monument in Newhaven, East Sussex

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Latitude: 50.7836 / 50°47'0"N

Longitude: 0.0286 / 0°1'43"E

OS Eastings: 543103.074102

OS Northings: 100183.748889

OS Grid: TQ431001

Mapcode National: GBR LSD.VDZ

Mapcode Global: FRA B7Y0.NZ6

Entry Name: Bowl Barrow on Peacehaven Heights, 242m south-west of Warren Court

Scheduled Date: 8 September 1961

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002281

English Heritage Legacy ID: ES 207

County: East Sussex

Civil Parish: Newhaven

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Peacehaven and Telscombe Cliffs

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated close to the cliff edge above Friars Bay near Newhaven. It survives as a circular mound measuring 14m in diameter and up to 1.25m high with an irregular surface. The surrounding quarry ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived, survives as a buried feature. The outline of a former excavation trench is visible in the surface of the barrow.

Sources: NMR TQ40SW18. PastScape 406289.

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 suffering some erosion the bowl barrow on Peacehaven Heights survives well and will contain both archaeological and environmental information relating to the barrow and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England

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