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Hlaew 430m ENE of Keymer Post

A Scheduled Monument in Ditchling, East Sussex

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Latitude: 50.9018 / 50°54'6"N

Longitude: -0.1251 / 0°7'30"W

OS Eastings: 531932.458244

OS Northings: 113044.029559

OS Grid: TQ319130

Mapcode National: GBR JN5.C6K

Mapcode Global: FRA B6MQ.H2B

Entry Name: Hlaew 430m ENE of Keymer Post

Scheduled Date: 7 September 1967

Last Amended: 8 July 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014652

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27050

County: East Sussex

Civil Parish: Ditchling

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


The monument includes a hlaew, or Anglo-Saxon burial mound, situated on a
ridge of the Sussex Downs, a position which commands extensive views of the
Channel coast to the south and the Weald to the north. The hlaew has a
circular mound 8m in diameter and 0.6m high with a slight central hollow,
indicating part excavation some time in the past. The mound is surrounded by a
ditch from which material used to construct the hlaew 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

A hlaew is a burial monument of Anglo-Saxon or Viking date and comprising a
hemispherical mound of earth and redeposited bedrock constructed over a
primary burial or burials. These were usually inhumations, buried in a grave
cut into the subsoil beneath the mound, but cremations placed on the old
ground surface beneath the mound have also been found. Hlaews may occur
in pairs or in small groups; a few have accompanying flat graves. Constructed
during the pagan Saxon and Viking periods for individuals of high rank, they
served as visible and ostentatious markers of their social position. Some
were associated with territorial claims and appear to have been specifically
located to mark boundaries. They often contain objects which give information
on the range of technological skill and trading contacts of the period. Only
between 50 and 60 hlaews have been positively identified in England. As a
rare monument class all positively identified examples are considered worthy
of preservation.

The hlaew 430m ENE of Keymer Post survives well and will contain
archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to its construction
and use. Lying around 400m to the ENE is an Anglo-Saxon barrow field.
These monuments are broadly contemporary and their close association provides
evidence for the importance of this part of the downland ridge for burial
practices during the early medieval period.

Source: Historic England


source 10, RCHME, TQ 31 SW 10 A, (1934)

Source: Historic England

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