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Bowl barrow 150m north west of White Lion Pond, Beddingham Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Beddingham, East Sussex

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Latitude: 50.8349 / 50°50'5"N

Longitude: 0.0625 / 0°3'44"E

OS Eastings: 545329.530913

OS Northings: 105950.959655

OS Grid: TQ453059

Mapcode National: GBR LRV.JMQ

Mapcode Global: FRA C60W.Q4V

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 150m north west of White Lion Pond, Beddingham Hill

Scheduled Date: 11 November 1966

Last Amended: 10 April 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014521

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27023

County: East Sussex

Civil Parish: Beddingham

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Beddingham St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a ridge of the Sussex Downs, a
location which enjoys extensive views of the Channel coast to the south and
the Weald to the north. The barrow has a mound 15.5m in diameter and 0.6m high
with a central hollow, indicating part excavation some time in the past.
Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material used to construct the
barrow was excavated. This has become infilled over the years, but survives as
a buried feature c.2m wide.

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

Although it shows signs of part disturbance by excavation and scrub growth,
the bowl barrow 150m north west of White Lion Pond survives comparatively well
and will contain contemporary archaeological and environmental remains. The
monument is one of a number of round barrows of broadly contemporary date
sited along a ridge of the Sussex Downs, illustrating the importance of this
area of downland for burial practices during the prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England

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