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Two bowl barrows south of Pashley

A Scheduled Monument in Old Town, East Sussex

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Latitude: 50.7613 / 50°45'40"N

Longitude: 0.2475 / 0°14'50"E

OS Eastings: 558605.256615

OS Northings: 98152.539388

OS Grid: TV586981

Mapcode National: GBR MVD.3F4

Mapcode Global: FRA C7D2.J6V

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows south of Pashley

Scheduled Date: 1 November 1963

Last Amended: 22 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013328

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20130

County: East Sussex

Electoral Ward/Division: Old Town

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Eastbourne St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


The monument includes two bowl barrows aligned east-west and situated on a
rise in chalk downland. The eastern barrow has a mound 22m in diameter and
0.3m high surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during the
construction of the monument. This is no longer visible at ground level, as it
has become infilled over the years, but survives as a buried feature c.3m
wide. The western barrow is of a similar size, the remains of the mound
measuring 22m in diameter and 0.45m high. This too is surrounded by a quarry
ditch which has become infilled but survives as a buried feature c.3m wide.
The two barrows are separated by a distance of 24m. This area is likely to
contain contemporary or later `flat' burials.

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 levelling caused by cultivation, the two bowl barrows south of
Pashley retain archaeological remains and environmental information relating
to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Sussex Archaeological Collections' in Sussex Barrows, , Vol. 75, (1934), 275

Source: Historic England

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