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Bowl barrow 230m north east of Trinity Methodist Church, forming part of a round barrow cemetery on Sullington Warren

A Scheduled Monument in Storrington and Sullington, West Sussex

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.9207 / 50°55'14"N

Longitude: -0.4424 / 0°26'32"W

OS Eastings: 509581.249915

OS Northings: 114627.09935

OS Grid: TQ095146

Mapcode National: GBR GJX.8YN

Mapcode Global: FRA 96YN.ZDG

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 230m NE of Trinity Methodist Church, forming part of a round barrow cemetery on Sullington Warren

Scheduled Date: 23 March 1970

Last Amended: 18 October 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014945

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27090

County: West Sussex

Civil Parish: Storrington and Sullington

Built-Up Area: Storrington

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex

Church of England Parish: Sullington St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

Details

The monument includes the north easternmost bowl barrow of a group of ten
situated along two parallel NNW-SSE aligned Greensand ridges in the lee of
the Sussex Downs. The cemetery is formed by two linear groups of barrows, one
running along each ridge. The monument lies at the north eastern end of the
eastern group, which consists of six barrows. It has a low, rougly circular
mound c.10m in diameter and c.0.3m high, 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.1m wide.
The cemetery was partly excavated in 1809 when cinerary urns and burnt human
bones were found.

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, the most numerous form of round barrow, occur either in
isolation or grouped in cemeteries across most of lowland Britain. There are
over 10,000 surviving bowl barrows recorded nationally (many more have already
been destroyed).
The bowl barrow 230m NE of Trinity Methodist Church survives comparatively
well, and part excavation has shown the cemetery of which it forms a part to
contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the ways
in which the barrow was constructed and used.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L, 'Sussex Archaeological Society' in Sussex in the Bronze Age, , Vol. 72, (1941), 64

Source: Historic England

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