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Bowl barrow 650m ESE of Jerry's Pond, forming part of a round barrow cemetery south east of Bostal Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Alciston, East Sussex

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.8194 / 50°49'9"N

Longitude: 0.1291 / 0°7'44"E

OS Eastings: 550073.456551

OS Northings: 104367.564259

OS Grid: TQ500043

Mapcode National: GBR LS4.HH4

Mapcode Global: FRA C65X.S5Q

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 650m ESE of Jerry's Pond, forming part of a round barrow cemetery south east of Bostal Hill

Scheduled Date: 10 July 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014649

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27047

County: East Sussex

Civil Parish: Alciston

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Selmeston St Mary with Alciston

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow which forms part of a prehistoric round
barrow cemetery of seven barrows situated along a ridge of the Sussex Downs.
This location enjoys extensive views of the Channel coast to the south and the
Weald to the north. The barrow has a roughly circular, uneven mound c.9m in
diameter and surviving to a height of c.0.4m, surrounded by 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.

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

Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They comprise
closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds
covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a
considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as
a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit
considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including
several different types of round barrow, occasionally associated with earlier
long barrows. Where large scale investigation has been undertaken around them,
contemporary or later "flat" burials between the barrow mounds have often been
revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland Britain, with a
marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases, they are clustered around other
important contemporary monuments such as henges. Often occupying prominent
locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, whilst
their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving or partly-surviving examples are
considered worthy of protection.

Bowl barrows are the most numerous form of round barrow and date from the Late
Neolithic period to the Late Bronze Age. Most examples were constructed in the
period 2400-1500 BC. They occur across most of lowland Britain and, although
superficially similar in appearance, exhibit regional variations of form and a
diversity of burial practices.
The bowl barrow 650m ESE of Jerry's Pond survives comparatively well and will
contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the period in
which it was constructed and used.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
source 2, RCHME, TQ 50 SW 7, (1934)

Source: Historic England

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