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Bowl barrow 250m north-west of Fitzhall Lodge: part of Fitzhall Heath round barrow cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Stedham with Iping, West Sussex

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Latitude: 50.9877 / 50°59'15"N

Longitude: -0.7932 / 0°47'35"W

OS Eastings: 484797.803183

OS Northings: 121612.237518

OS Grid: SU847216

Mapcode National: GBR DF0.47P

Mapcode Global: FRA 967H.LSN

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 250m north-west of Fitzhall Lodge: part of Fitzhall Heath round barrow cemetery

Scheduled Date: 28 September 1954

Last Amended: 11 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009327

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20042

County: West Sussex

Civil Parish: Stedham with Iping

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex

Church of England Parish: Stedham with Iping

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


The monument includes a bowl barrow, part of Fitzhall Heath round barrow
cemetery, situated on a ridge in the Greensand 3.5km north of the South Downs.
The complete cemetery consists of 8 bowl barrows orientated east-west. Those
to the east of the cemetery are closely spaced while those to the west are
more dispersed. All the barrows survive as earthworks and have mounds ranging
in size from 12m to 26m in diameter and 0.25m to 2.5m high. This barrow is in
the western part of the group and has a mound which measures 26m in diameter
and 2.2m high. Surrounding this is a ditch from which material was quarried
during the construction of the monument. This has become partly infilled over
the years and now survives as a slight earthwork 5m wide and 0.1m deep.

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

Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They comprise
closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds
covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a
considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as
a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit
considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including
several different types of round barrow, occasionally associated with earlier
long barrows. Where large scale investigation has been undertaken around them,
contemporary or later "flat" burials between the barrow mounds have often been
revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland Britain, with a
marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases, they are clustered around other
important contemporary monuments such as henges. Often occupying prominent
locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, whilst
their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving or partly-surviving examples are
considered worthy of protection.

The bowl barrow 250m NW of Fitzhall Lodge survives well and has potential for
the recovery of archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to
the landscape in which it was constructed. The cemetery represents one of
many such monuments to survive in the area, giving an insight into the
intensity with which the area was occupied during the Bronze Age as well as
the distribution of burial monuments.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Sussex Archaeological Collections' in Sussex Barrows, , Vol. 75, (1934)

Source: Historic England

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