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Bowl barrow on Heyshott Common, 170m west of Upper Polecats Copse

A Scheduled Monument in Heyshott, West Sussex

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Latitude: 50.9666 / 50°57'59"N

Longitude: -0.7183 / 0°43'5"W

OS Eastings: 490095.931215

OS Northings: 119355.811915

OS Grid: SU900193

Mapcode National: GBR DF9.C67

Mapcode Global: FRA 96CK.CZC

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Heyshott Common, 170m west of Upper Polecats Copse

Scheduled Date: 15 March 1966

Last Amended: 13 July 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010491

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20026

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 crest of a gentle rise in
the Lower Greensand 2km north of the South Downs. The barrow mound survives
as an earthwork 18m in diameter and stands to a height of 2m. The mound is
surrounded by 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 but survives as a buried feature c.3m wide. A 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 on Heyshott Common
survives comparatively well and contains archaeological remains and
environmental evidence relating to the landscape in which the monument was

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Sussex Archaeological Collections' in Sussex Barrows, , Vol. 75, (1934), 245
Title: SMR Ordnance Survey SU91NW1
Source Date: 1971

Source: Historic England

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