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Bowl barrow on Trotton Common, 500m south of Trotton Nurseries

A Scheduled Monument in Stedham with Iping, West Sussex

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.9895 / 50°59'22"N

Longitude: -0.7997 / 0°47'58"W

OS Eastings: 484339.122276

OS Northings: 121803.647302

OS Grid: SU843218

Mapcode National: GBR DDT.W37

Mapcode Global: FRA 966H.J8H

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Trotton Common, 500m south of Trotton Nurseries

Scheduled Date: 23 October 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009333

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20049

County: West Sussex

Civil Parish: Stedham with Iping

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex

Church of England Parish: Trotton

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a ridge of Lower Greensand
4km to the north of the South Downs. The barrow consists of a central mound
which measures 10m in diameter and 0.6m high. Surrounding this is a ditch
from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument.
This has become infilled over the years and now survives as a buried feature
c.1.5m wide.

MAP EXTRACT
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
protection.

The bowl barrow on Trotton Common survives in an area containing a
concentration of similar burial monuments, in addition to evidence for
contemporary settlement. Such evidence provides an insight into the nature
and scale of occupation during the Bronze Age period.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Ordnance Survey, SU 82 SW 22, (1970)

Source: Historic England

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