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Bowl barrow on North Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Poynings, West Sussex

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.8937 / 50°53'37"N

Longitude: -0.1958 / 0°11'44"W

OS Eastings: 526985.698522

OS Northings: 112024.166501

OS Grid: TQ269120

Mapcode National: GBR JN2.Z5S

Mapcode Global: FRA B6GR.5JQ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on North Hill

Scheduled Date: 18 October 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014949

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27072

County: West Sussex

Civil Parish: Poynings

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex

Church of England Parish: Newtimber St John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a chalk hill which forms part
of the Sussex Downs. The barrow has a circular mound c.17.5m in diameter and
up to c.1m high, with a deep central hollow indicating part excavation some
time in the past. The mound is 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.2.5m 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

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
protection.

The bowl barrow on North Hill survives comparatively well and will contain
archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and
the landscape in which it was constructed and used.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
ref 2, RCHME, TQ 21 SE 15 A, (1934)

Source: Historic England

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