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Two bowl barrows in Littleworth Clump

A Scheduled Monument in Seale and Sands, Surrey

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Latitude: 51.2069 / 51°12'24"N

Longitude: -0.7243 / 0°43'27"W

OS Eastings: 489216.373157

OS Northings: 146069.645401

OS Grid: SU892460

Mapcode National: GBR DBD.9QC

Mapcode Global: VHDY3.DXGP

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows in Littleworth Clump

Scheduled Date: 11 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008885

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20158

County: Surrey

Civil Parish: Seale and Sands

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Church of England Parish: Seale, Puttenham and Wanborough

Church of England Diocese: Guildford


The monument includes two bowl barrows aligned east-west and situated on the
crest of a low ridge on the Lower Greensand. The eastern of the two barrows
has a mound 20m in diameter and 1.8m high while the western barrow has a mound
15m in diameter and 1.3m high. A later bank and ditch surround the two mounds
to the east, north and west, the probable continuation on the south side
having been cut through by Littleworth Road. The bank is 2m wide and
0.5m high with an ditch outside it 3m wide and up to 0.5m deep. This ditch is
believed to follow the line of the original quarry ditch from which mound
material was quarried.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

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 superficially similar,
although differing widely in size, they exhibit regional variations in form
and a diversity of burial practices. There are over 10,000 surviving bowl
barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring
across most of lowland Britain. 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
and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of

Despite later disturbance to the line of the quarry ditch, the two bowl
barrows in Littleworth Clump survive comparatively well and contain
archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and
the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Surrey Archaeological Collections' in Surrey Barrows 1934-1987: A Reappraisal, , Vol. 79, (1987)

Source: Historic England

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