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Bowl barrow in Walkers Copse, Heyshott Common

A Scheduled Monument in Heyshott, West Sussex

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Latitude: 50.9656 / 50°57'56"N

Longitude: -0.723 / 0°43'22"W

OS Eastings: 489766.991832

OS Northings: 119242.014735

OS Grid: SU897192

Mapcode National: GBR DF9.B12

Mapcode Global: FRA 96CK.J4H

Entry Name: Bowl barrow in Walkers Copse, Heyshott Common

Scheduled Date: 13 July 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009823

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20030

County: West Sussex

Civil Parish: Heyshott

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex

Church of England Parish: Heyshott St James

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the top of a Greensand ridge
2km north of the South Downs. The barrow mound survives as an earthwork 17m
in diameter and 1.7m high. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which
material was quarried during the construction of the monument. This has
become infilled over the years and is no longer visible at ground level except
for a flat step 3m wide to the north-west between the barrow mound and the
fall of slope. The remainder of the ditch survives as a buried feature c.3m
wide. A slight hollow in the centre of the mound suggests that it was 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 evidence for partial excavation, the bowl barrow in Walkers Copse
survives comparatively well and contains archaeological remains and
environmental evidence relating to the landscape in which the monument was

Source: Historic England

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