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Bowl barrow on Fulking Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Fulking, West Sussex

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.8842 / 50°53'3"N

Longitude: -0.2275 / 0°13'39"W

OS Eastings: 524776.654707

OS Northings: 110912.397138

OS Grid: TQ247109

Mapcode National: GBR JN7.H9B

Mapcode Global: FRA B6DR.Z02

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Fulking Hill

Scheduled Date: 27 January 1967

Last Amended: 5 September 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014951

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27074

County: West Sussex

Civil Parish: Fulking

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex

Church of England Parish: Edburton St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a ridge which forms part of
the Sussex Downs. The barrow has a circular mound c.13.5m in diameter and up
to 1.2m high which shows signs of part excavation some time in the past.
Surrounding the mound is 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 up to 2m wide.
The modern fences which flank the barrow mound to the west and east are
excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath them is included.

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 Fulking Hill survives well and will contain archaeological
remains and environmental evidence relating to the way the monument was
constructed and used.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
ref 2, RCHME, TQ 21 SW 4, (1934)

Source: Historic England

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