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Bowl barrow 140m north east of Hill Barn

A Scheduled Monument in Long Man, East Sussex

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Latitude: 50.8052 / 50°48'18"N

Longitude: 0.204 / 0°12'14"E

OS Eastings: 555395.847455

OS Northings: 102936.743885

OS Grid: TQ553029

Mapcode National: GBR MTR.JDC

Mapcode Global: FRA C69Y.Z6D

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 140m north east of Hill Barn

Scheduled Date: 30 April 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014529

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27032

County: East Sussex

Civil Parish: Long Man

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Folkington St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


The monument includes a bowl barrow, the north westernmost round barrow of a
dispersed, north west-south east aligned linear group of four which runs along
a ridge of the Sussex Downs. The barrow has a large circular mound c.23m in
diameter and up to 3m high. Part excavation of the mound in 1960 and 1973
revealed a collared urn dating to the Middle Bronze Age (c.1500 BC-c.1000 BC)
containing cremated human bones buried in its south eastern quadrant, along
with sherds of Late Bronze Age (c.1000BC- 700BC) pottery and a group of
contemporary flint tools. The mound, which as a result of the part excavation
has a large central hollow, is surrounded by a ditch from which material used
to construct the barrow was obtained. This has become infilled over the years,
but will survive 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

The bowl barrow 140m north east of Hill Barn survives comparatively well, and
has been shown by part excavation to contain archaeological remains and
environmental evidence relating to the period of its construction and use. The
close association of the monument with three further, broadly contemporary
round barrows, provides evidence for the importance of burial practices in
this area of downland during the later prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England


sources 4 & 5, RCHME, TQ 50 SE 6,

Source: Historic England

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