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Bowl barrow east of Lewes Racecourse

A Scheduled Monument in St. Ann (Without), East Sussex

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Latitude: 50.8892 / 50°53'21"N

Longitude: -0.0285 / 0°1'42"W

OS Eastings: 538763.78956

OS Northings: 111819.363022

OS Grid: TQ387118

Mapcode National: GBR KPT.5MM

Mapcode Global: FRA B6TR.JQ0

Entry Name: Bowl barrow east of Lewes Racecourse

Scheduled Date: 19 June 1967

Last Amended: 25 January 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009612

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20122

County: East Sussex

Civil Parish: St. Ann (Without)

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Hamsey St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the crest of a rise in chalk
The barrow has a mound 11m in diameter and 0.7m high with a hollow in the
centre which suggests that the barrow was once partially excavated.
Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during the
construction of the monument. This is no longer visible at ground level,
having become infilled over the years, but survives as a buried feature c.2m
Running approximately due east from the mound is a ditch 4.5m wide and 0.7m
deep. A bank runs along the northern edge c.3m wide and 0.1m high. This is
likely to be a later construction, probably a boundary ditch, of post-medieval

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 of partial excavation, the bowl barrow east of Lewes
Racecourse survives comparatively well and contains archaeological remains and
environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it
was constructed. The barrow appears to have been used as a marker or sighting
point for a later boundary ditch.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Sussex Archaeological Collections' in Sussex Barrows, , Vol. 75, (1934), 259
Ordnance Survey, TQ 31 SE 48, (1972)

Source: Historic England

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