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Bowl barrow 230m south-west of Further Plantation: part of Foxholes Brow round barrow cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Old Town, East Sussex

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Latitude: 50.7818 / 50°46'54"N

Longitude: 0.2413 / 0°14'28"E

OS Eastings: 558097.343496

OS Northings: 100423.422374

OS Grid: TQ580004

Mapcode National: GBR MV0.V4L

Mapcode Global: FRA C7D0.V44

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 230m south-west of Further Plantation: part of Foxholes Brow round barrow cemetery

Scheduled Date: 19 June 1967

Last Amended: 1 December 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013205

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20140

County: East Sussex

Electoral Ward/Division: Old Town

Built-Up Area: Eastbourne

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Willingdon St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


The monument includes a bowl barrow, one of a group of five barrows forming a
linear round barrow cemetery running NNW-SSE along the crest of a ridge in an
area of chalk downland. The barrow is visible as a mound 14m in diameter and
1m high. Surrounding this is a ditch from which material was quarried during
the construction of the monument. This is no longer visible from ground level,
having become infilled over the years, but survives as a buried feature c.2.5m
Excluded from the scheduling is a marker stone on the top of the mound,
although the ground beneath it is included.

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

Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They comprise
closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds
covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a
considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as
a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit
considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including
several different types of round barrow, occasionally associated with earlier
long barrows. Where large scale investigation has been undertaken around them,
contemporary or later "flat" burials between the barrow mounds have often been
revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland Britain, with a
marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases, they are clustered around other
important contemporary monuments such as henges. Often occupying prominent
locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, whilst
their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving or partly-surviving examples are
considered worthy of protection.

As part of a linear round barrow cemetery, and a wider concentration of Bronze
Age burial mounds, the bowl barrow 230m south-west of Further Plantation
contributes to a valuable insight into the nature and scale of human
occupation in the area during the Bronze Age period.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Sussex Archaeological Collections' in Sussex Barrows, , Vol. 75, (1934), 274
Title: TQ 50 SE 30
Source Date: 1973

Source: Historic England

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