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Pedlersburgh: a bowl barrow on Telscombe Tye

A Scheduled Monument in Telscombe, East Sussex

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Latitude: 50.8068 / 50°48'24"N

Longitude: -0.0199 / 0°1'11"W

OS Eastings: 539616.090909

OS Northings: 102669.125894

OS Grid: TQ396026

Mapcode National: GBR KQT.7SY

Mapcode Global: FRA B6VY.VFF

Entry Name: Pedlersburgh: a bowl barrow on Telscombe Tye

Scheduled Date: 14 July 1966

Last Amended: 3 January 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009942

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25476

County: East Sussex

Civil Parish: Telscombe

Built-Up Area: Saltdean

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Saltdean St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


The monument includes a bowl barrow, known as Pedlersburgh, situated on chalk
downland c.1.5km to the north east of the present Sussex coast.
The barrow has a roughly circular mound with a maximum diameter of 25.5m,
which has been partially disturbed by past cultivation, leading to some
levelling of its north western side. The mound survives elsewhere to a height
of up to c.0.75m. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material used to
construct the barrow was excavated. This has become infilled over the years,
but survives as a buried feature c.2m wide.

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 partial disturbance by agricultural operations, Pedlersburgh bowl
barrow survives comparatively well and will contain archaeological remains and
environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it
was constructed. Around 650m to the south west is a further bowl barrow, and
around 600m to the north east is a cross dyke, a prehistoric linear boundary.
The close associaton of these broadly contemporary monuments provides evidence
for the importance of this area for funerary practices, settlement and
agriculture during the prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Sussex Archaeological Collections' in Sussex Barrows, , Vol. 75, (1934), 267

Source: Historic England

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