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Bowl barrow on Beachy Brow 700m east of Ringwood

A Scheduled Monument in Old Town, East Sussex

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.7679 / 50°46'4"N

Longitude: 0.2465 / 0°14'47"E

OS Eastings: 558513.305137

OS Northings: 98887.976908

OS Grid: TV585988

Mapcode National: GBR MV6.P5G

Mapcode Global: FRA C7D1.XJ8

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Beachy Brow 700m east of Ringwood

Scheduled Date: 1 November 1963

Last Amended: 22 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013406

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20142

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

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the crest of a ridge in an
area of chalk downland. The barrow comprises a dome-shaped mound 12.5m in
diameter and 0.6m high with a surrounding ditch from which material was
quarried during the construction of the monument. This is no longer visible
having become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature c.2.5m
wide.

MAP EXTRACT
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
protection.

The bowl barrow on Beachy Brow 700m east of Ringwood is one of numerous round
barrows surviving in the area and, as such, contributes to a detailed
understanding of settlement and land-use in the area during the Bronze Age
period.

Source: Historic England

Sources

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

Source: Historic England

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