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Bowl barrow on Beddingham Hill, 465m north east of the radio mast

A Scheduled Monument in Beddingham, East Sussex

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Latitude: 50.8352 / 50°50'6"N

Longitude: 0.075 / 0°4'30"E

OS Eastings: 546212.150022

OS Northings: 106012.698152

OS Grid: TQ462060

Mapcode National: GBR LRW.FT2

Mapcode Global: FRA C61W.P1F

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Beddingham Hill, 465m north east of the radio mast

Scheduled Date: 8 November 1966

Last Amended: 25 January 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009957

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25490

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


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a ridge of the Sussex Downs, a
location which commands extensive views of the Weald to the north and the
English Channel to the south. The barrow has a roughly circular mound 9.5m in
diameter, which survives to a height of c.0.4m. A small, central hollow
indicates partial excavation some time in the past. Surrounding the mound is a
ditch from which material used to construct the barrow was excavated. This has
become partially infilled over the years, but survives as a slight depression
around 2m wide and 0.2m deep.

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

Although it shows some signs of partial disturbance by past ploughing and
partial excavation, the bowl barrow on Beddingham hill survives reasonably
well and will contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence
relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed and
used. The close association of the barrow with broadly contemporary and later,
early medieval funerary monuments along the ridge to the west and east,
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


ref.2, Grinsell, LV, TQ 40 NE 15, (1930)

Source: Historic England

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