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Bowl barrow in Stonehill Clump, Goodwood Country Park

A Scheduled Monument in East Dean, West Sussex

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Latitude: 50.8941 / 50°53'38"N

Longitude: -0.7214 / 0°43'16"W

OS Eastings: 490022.980776

OS Northings: 111288.348879

OS Grid: SU900112

Mapcode National: GBR DG2.Y5P

Mapcode Global: FRA 96CR.4S7

Entry Name: Bowl barrow in Stonehill Clump, Goodwood Country Park

Scheduled Date: 12 December 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015231

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29236

County: West Sussex

Civil Parish: East Dean

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex

Church of England Parish: East Dean, Singleton and West Dean

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


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.14m in diameter and
0.75m high. This is surrounded by a ditch from which material used to
construct the barrow was excavated. The ditch 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

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

Despite some past damage caused by forestry operations, the bowl barrow in
Stonehill Clump survives well and will contain archaeological deposits and
environmental evidence relating to its construction and use.

Source: Historic England

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