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Bowl barrow 500m south of Overhill Lodge, forming part of The Lord's Burghs linear barrow group

A Scheduled Monument in Beddingham, East Sussex

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.8267 / 50°49'36"N

Longitude: 0.0905 / 0°5'25"E

OS Eastings: 547330.382935

OS Northings: 105100.581211

OS Grid: TQ473051

Mapcode National: GBR LS2.5PB

Mapcode Global: FRA C62X.92T

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 500m south of Overhill Lodge, forming part of The Lord's Burghs linear barrow group

Scheduled Date: 8 April 1966

Last Amended: 25 January 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009956

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25489

County: East Sussex

Civil Parish: Beddingham

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: West Firle St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow, the southernmost barrow of a group of
three forming a roughly north-south aligned, linear barrow group situated on a
saddle of chalk downland which projects from the southern slope of a ridge of
the Sussex Downs. The barrow has a circular mound 20m in diameter, which
survives to a height of around 0.04m. 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 around 2m wide.

MAP EXTRACT
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
protection.

Although it has become reduced in height over the years because of the effects
of modern ploughing, the bowl barrow 500m south of Overhill Lodge survives
comparatively well and will contain archaeological remains and environmental
evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was
constructed. The close association of the barrow with two bowl barrows to the
NNW, and with broadly contemporary and later, early medieval funerary
monuments along the ridge to the north, provides evidence for the continuing
importance of this area of downland for burial and ceremonial practices over a
period of around 3000 years.

Source: Historic England

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