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Bowl barrow 600m east of The Long Man

A Scheduled Monument in Long Man, East Sussex

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Latitude: 50.8098 / 50°48'35"N

Longitude: 0.1965 / 0°11'47"E

OS Eastings: 554852.296558

OS Northings: 103442.680284

OS Grid: TQ548034

Mapcode National: GBR MTR.2J5

Mapcode Global: FRA C69Y.ND9

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 600m east of The Long Man

Scheduled Date: 27 January 1967

Last Amended: 10 July 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012469

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12882

County: East Sussex

Civil Parish: Long Man

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Wilmington St Mary and St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


The monument includes a bowl barrow which comprises a mound and a surrounding
ditch. The mound measures 19m across and stands 0.7m above ground level. It
has been truncated slightly on the south side by a bridleway. The surrounding
ditch has been infilled by soil eroded from the mound and is no longer visible
but survives below the surface around the foot of the mound.
The fencing over the northern ditch is excluded from the scheduling. The
diameter of the mound and ditch together is 23m.

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 the limited damage to the barrow mound caused by erosion from the use
of the bridlepath, the monument east of The Long Man retains significant
archaeological potential for the recovery of evidence of the nature and
duration of its use and of the environment in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Darvill, T, Monument Class Description - Bowl barrows, 1988,

Source: Historic England

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