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Bowl barrow on Goldrings Warren

A Scheduled Monument in Trotton with Chithurst, West Sussex

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Latitude: 50.9884 / 50°59'18"N

Longitude: -0.8055 / 0°48'19"W

OS Eastings: 483933.78192

OS Northings: 121673.491897

OS Grid: SU839216

Mapcode National: GBR DDT.TDN

Mapcode Global: FRA 966H.N06

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Goldrings Warren

Scheduled Date: 9 November 1966

Last Amended: 10 June 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010493

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20024

County: West Sussex

Civil Parish: Trotton with Chithurst

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex

Church of England Parish: Trotton

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a ridge in an area of Lower
Greensand. The barrow consists of a large central mound 37m in diameter
standing to a height of 4m. A ditch, from which material was quarried during
the construction of the monument, surrounds the mound. This has become
infilled over the years and is no longer visible at ground level but is
preserved as a buried feature c.5m wide. A hollow in the centre of the mound
suggests that the mound 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 Goldrings Warren
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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