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Bowl barrow north west of Telegraph House

A Scheduled Monument in Marden, West Sussex

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Latitude: 50.9527 / 50°57'9"N

Longitude: -0.8498 / 0°50'59"W

OS Eastings: 480890.670586

OS Northings: 117661.775024

OS Grid: SU808176

Mapcode National: GBR CD0.7YM

Mapcode Global: FRA 963L.GR6

Entry Name: Bowl barrow north west of Telegraph House

Scheduled Date: 3 June 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010497

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20009

County: West Sussex

Civil Parish: Marden

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex

Church of England Parish: Elsted St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


The monument includes a bowl barrow, surviving as a low earthwork, situated on
a chalk ridge running south from Beacon Hill. The barrow mound is 21m in
diameter and stands to a height of 0.4m. Surrounding this is a ditch from
which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. This is
no longer visible as an earthwork but survives as a buried feature c.3m wide
and can be traced as a relatively stone free ring of darker soil around the

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 some disturbance to the monument by cultivation, the bowl barrow
north-west of Telegraph House has potential for the recovery of archaeological
remains and environmental evidence relating to the landscape in which the
monument was constructed.

Source: Historic England

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