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Bowl barrow on Glatting Beacon

A Scheduled Monument in Slindon, West Sussex

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Latitude: 50.9086 / 50°54'30"N

Longitude: -0.6278 / 0°37'40"W

OS Eastings: 496569.265499

OS Northings: 113022.376435

OS Grid: SU965130

Mapcode National: GBR FHB.XS8

Mapcode Global: FRA 96KP.Z34

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Glatting Beacon

Scheduled Date: 7 April 1967

Last Amended: 17 August 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011597

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20080

County: West Sussex

Civil Parish: Slindon

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex


The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on the south-facing slope of a
ridge in chalk downland. The barrow has a mound 14m across and 0.6m high.
A slight hollow recorded in 1934 as occurring in the centre of the mound
suggests that the site may have once been partially excavated. Surrounding the
mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of
the monument. This has become infilled over the years and now survives as a
buried feature c.3m wide.

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 of partial excavation and disturbance from cultivation, the
bowl barrow on Glatting Beacon survives comparatively well and contains
archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and
the landscape in which it was constructed. The monument is one of several
contemporary burial mounds in the area which, combined with a linear ditch
system, will contribute to a detailed picture of settlement and land division
in the Bronze Age.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Sussex Archaeological Collections' in Sussex Barrows (Volume 75), , Vol. 75, (1934), 248
Ketterington L, AM 12, (1980)
Moss E, AM 107, (1986)
Saunders, AD, AM 7, (1966)

Source: Historic England

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