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Bowl barrow 500m east of The Long Man

A Scheduled Monument in Long Man, East Sussex

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Latitude: 50.8093 / 50°48'33"N

Longitude: 0.195 / 0°11'42"E

OS Eastings: 554746.439859

OS Northings: 103382.030349

OS Grid: TQ547033

Mapcode National: GBR MTR.249

Mapcode Global: FRA C69Y.MSM

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 500m east of The Long Man

Scheduled Date: 27 January 1967

Last Amended: 10 July 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012471

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12881

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 9m across and stands to a height of 0.5m. The
surrounding ditch has been infilled by soil eroded from the mound and is no
longer visible but survives beneath the surface around the foot of the mound.
The diameter of the mound and ditch together is 13m.
To the south of the barrow is an earthen bank which marks the parish boundary
and is not included within the monument. The fence which passes over the edge
of the barrow is excluded from the scheduling.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

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

Source: Historic England


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

Source: Historic England

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