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Bowl barrow 100m south of Barnett's Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Lodsworth, West Sussex

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Latitude: 50.9624 / 50°57'44"N

Longitude: -0.6595 / 0°39'34"W

OS Eastings: 494236.121083

OS Northings: 118960.210001

OS Grid: SU942189

Mapcode National: GBR FGQ.N27

Mapcode Global: FRA 96HK.QWV

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 100m south of Barnett's Farm

Scheduled Date: 24 April 1979

Last Amended: 11 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009107

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20053

County: West Sussex

Civil Parish: Lodsworth

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex

Church of England Parish: Graffham St Giles with Woolavington St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a rise in the Greensand 2.5km
north of the South Downs. The barrow consists of a central mound 20m in
diameter and 1.3m high with a surrounding ditch from which material was
quarried during the construction of the monument. Over the years the ditch
has become infilled and is now no longer visible at ground level but survives
as a buried feature c.3m wide.
Excluded from the scheduling is the fence which crosses the edge of the
monument from east to west although the ground beneath is included.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

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 some limited damage caused by tree roots, the bowl barrow 100m south
of Barnett's Farm survives comparatively well and contains archaeological
remains and environmental evidence relating to the landscape in which the
monument was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Aldsworth, F G, SU91NW50, (1978)

Source: Historic England

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