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Group of four bowl barrows at the Chantry Post

A Scheduled Monument in Storrington and Sullington, West Sussex

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Latitude: 50.8971 / 50°53'49"N

Longitude: -0.4554 / 0°27'19"W

OS Eastings: 508720.667235

OS Northings: 111982.592711

OS Grid: TQ087119

Mapcode National: GBR GK2.RPD

Mapcode Global: FRA 96YQ.SHH

Entry Name: Group of four bowl barrows at the Chantry Post

Scheduled Date: 3 July 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015713

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29266

County: West Sussex

Civil Parish: Storrington and Sullington

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex

Church of England Parish: Storrington St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


The monument includes a group of four, closely-spaced bowl barrows situated on
a chalk ridge which forms part of the Sussex Downs. The largest barrow of the
group lies to the south east and has a roughly circular mound c.13m in
diameter and up to c.1m high. This is surmounted by a modern guide post, the
base of which has partly disturbed the surface of the barrow. 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 c.2m wide.
The two northernmost barrows of the group have mounds c.9m in diameter and up
to c.0.75m high, surrounded by now infilled construction ditches up to c.2m
wide. Both barrows have been partly disturbed by the siting of modern concrete
seats on their mounds.
To the south west is the smallest barrow of the four, which survives as a
semicircular mound c.7.5m in diameter and up to c.0.3m high. The western side
of the barrow mound has been levelled by Chantry Lane, the minor public road
which runs up to the ridge from Storrington c.2km to the north. The mound is
surrounded by a now infilled construction ditch up to c.2m wide, the western
side of which will survive as a buried feature beneath the metalled surface of
Chantry Lane.
The modern surfaces of Chantry Lane, the concrete seats, wooden guide post and
their bases are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath
these features is included.

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

The group of four bowl barrows at the Chantry Post survive comparatively well,
despite some subsequent disturbance, and will contain archaeological remains
and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which
it was constructed. The barrows are part of a group of broadly contemporary
monuments situated along the ridge, providing important evidence for the
relationship between burial practices, settlement and land division during the
later prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England

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