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Two bowl barrows on Beachy Brow 730m east of Ringwood

A Scheduled Monument in Old Town, East Sussex

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Latitude: 50.7669 / 50°46'0"N

Longitude: 0.2469 / 0°14'48"E

OS Eastings: 558545.169745

OS Northings: 98779.493058

OS Grid: TV585987

Mapcode National: GBR MV6.WSV

Mapcode Global: FRA C7D1.XPV

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows on Beachy Brow 730m east of Ringwood

Scheduled Date: 1 November 1963

Last Amended: 22 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009472

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20143

County: East Sussex

Electoral Ward/Division: Old Town

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Eastbourne St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


The monument includes two bowl barrows aligned roughly north-south and
situated on the crest of a ridge in an area of chalk downland. The northern
of the two barrows comprises a flat-topped mound 16m in diameter and 0.5m high
with a surrounding ditch from which material was quarried during the
construction of the monument. This is no longer visible from ground level
having become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature c.3m
wide. At a distance of 4m to the south is the second barrow which has a mound
11m in diameter and 0.7m high. This also has an infilled surrounding ditch
which is c.2m wide. Both mounds have slight central hollows, suggesting that
they were once partially excavated.

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 two bowl barrows on Beachy
Brow 730m east of Ringwood survive comparatively well and contain
archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating both to the
monument and the landscape in which the barrows were constructed. They form
part of an extensive and widespread group of barrows surviving in the area
and, as such, contribute to a detailed picture of settlement and land use
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
Title: TV 59 NE 65
Source Date: 1973

Source: Historic England

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