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Bowl barrow and adjacent double bowl barrow east of Pashley

A Scheduled Monument in Meads, East Sussex

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Latitude: 50.7615 / 50°45'41"N

Longitude: 0.256 / 0°15'21"E

OS Eastings: 559205.652583

OS Northings: 98197.894812

OS Grid: TV592981

Mapcode National: GBR MVD.5KF

Mapcode Global: FRA C7F2.FKQ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow and adjacent double bowl barrow E of Pashley

Scheduled Date: 15 February 1967

Last Amended: 22 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009465

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20135

County: East Sussex

Electoral Ward/Division: Meads

Built-Up Area: Eastbourne

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Eastbourne St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


The monument includes a single bowl barrow and a double bowl barrow aligned
roughly east-west and situated on the crest of a ridge in an area of chalk
downland. The single barrow has a mound with dimensions of 15m north-south
and 17m east-west and surviving to a height of 1.7m. A slight depression in
the mound centre suggests that it may have been partially excavated.
Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during the
construction of the monument. This is now only visible to the west of the
mound as a slight depression 3.5m wide, the rest having become infilled over
the years but still surviving as a buried feature. To the west is the double
bowl barrow which has two contiguous mounds 13m from north to south with an
overall length of 24m from east to west. The height of the western mound is
1m, while that of the eastern mound is 1.3m. Surrounding the double mound is
a single continuous ditch 5m wide and upto 0.3m 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

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 evidence of partial excavation, the bowl barrow and double bowl
barrow east of Pashley survive well. Pairs of contiguous bowl barrows are
particularly rare in East Sussex and combined with the concentration of bowl
barrows in the immediate area provide an important insight into the nature and
intensity of human occupation as well as social organisation in the area
during the Bronze Age period.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Sussex Archaeological Collections' in Sussex Barrows (Volume 75), , Vol. 75, (1934), 275
Reverend W Budgen and Furlong, AW, (1930)
Title: TV 59 NE 32
Source Date: 1973

Source: Historic England

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