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Bowl barrow 300m SSW of Glyndebourne Pit

A Scheduled Monument in Glynde, East Sussex

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Latitude: 50.8702 / 50°52'12"N

Longitude: 0.0538 / 0°3'13"E

OS Eastings: 544608.754778

OS Northings: 109864.714498

OS Grid: TQ446098

Mapcode National: GBR LRG.8G3

Mapcode Global: FRA C60S.SY1

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 300m SSW of Glyndebourne Pit

Scheduled Date: 30 January 1967

Last Amended: 21 June 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013357

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12880

County: East Sussex

Civil Parish: Glynde

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Glynde St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


The monument includes a bowl barrow which comprises a mound and a surrounding
ditch. The mound measures 13m across and stands nearly 1m above ground level.
The surrounding ditch is no longer visible on the surface, having been
infilled by erosion of the mound and agricultural activities. It survives
beneath the ploughsoil, however, around the foot of the mound.
The diameter of the mound and the ditch together is 17m.

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 agricultural
activity, the monument SSW of Glyndebourne Pit 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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