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Round barrow south of Edburton

A Scheduled Monument in Upper Beeding, West Sussex

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Latitude: 50.8877 / 50°53'15"N

Longitude: -0.2481 / 0°14'53"W

OS Eastings: 523319.101248

OS Northings: 111262.312502

OS Grid: TQ233112

Mapcode National: GBR JN6.B2M

Mapcode Global: FRA B6CR.H54

Entry Name: Round barrow S of Edburton

Scheduled Date: 21 February 1967

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1005831

English Heritage Legacy ID: WS 315

County: West Sussex

Civil Parish: Upper Beeding

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex

Church of England Parish: Edburton St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


Bowl barrow, 227m south of St Andrew’s Church.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 6 November 2014. The 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 near the bottom of the north-facing escarpment of the South Downs, south of the village of Edburton.

The bowl barrow survives as a roughly circular-shaped mound about 11.4m in diameter and 0.7m 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.

The bowl barrow 227m south of St Andrew’s Church 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


West Sussex HER 3808 - MWS6669. NMR TQ21SW5. PastScape 399360.

Source: Historic England

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