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Two round barrows in Grevitts Copse

A Scheduled Monument in Compton, West Sussex

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Latitude: 50.9161 / 50°54'58"N

Longitude: -0.8829 / 0°52'58"W

OS Eastings: 478626.163231

OS Northings: 113555.357745

OS Grid: SU786135

Mapcode National: GBR CDB.KL3

Mapcode Global: FRA 961P.7VV

Entry Name: Two round barrows in Grevitts Copse

Scheduled Date: 13 June 1968

Last Amended: 13 July 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009474

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20013

County: West Sussex

Civil Parish: Compton

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex

Church of England Parish: Octagon

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


The monument includes two bowl barrows situated in a valley within an area of
undulating chalk downland. Both barrows survive as earthwork mounds with the
most southerly of the two being the larger. This barrow mound measures 20m in
diameter and stands to a height of 1.7m. The other barrow mound, situated 6m
to the north, measures 16m in diameter and stands to a height of 1.3m.
Although no longer visible at ground level ditches, from which material was
quarried during the construction of the monument, surround both mounds. These
have become infilled over the years and now survive as buried features c.3m
wide. Both barrows have been partially excavated, evidence suggesting they
were constructed almost entirely of flints with an earthen core.

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 evidence for partial excavation, the bowl barrows at Grevitts Copse
survive comparatively well and contain archaeological remains and
environmental evidence relating to the landscape in which the monument was

Source: Historic England


NAR Record (Grevitts), (1971)

Source: Historic England

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