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Prehistoric linear boundary at Crown Tegleaze, 1km north west of Littleton Farm

A Scheduled Monument in East Lavington, West Sussex

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Latitude: 50.9282 / 50°55'41"N

Longitude: -0.6593 / 0°39'33"W

OS Eastings: 494317.348173

OS Northings: 115158.434627

OS Grid: SU943151

Mapcode National: GBR FH3.N57

Mapcode Global: FRA 96HN.BZG

Entry Name: Prehistoric linear boundary at Crown Tegleaze, 1km north west of Littleton Farm

Scheduled Date: 14 November 1966

Last Amended: 7 August 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015961

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29287

County: West Sussex

Civil Parish: East Lavington

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex

Church of England Parish: Graffham St Giles with Woolavington St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


The monument includes a roughly north-south aligned, gently curving linear
boundary dating to the later prehistoric period, constructed across the
eastern slope of a chalk hill which forms part of the Sussex Downs. The
boundary has a large ditch up to 12m wide and 1.7m deep flanked to the east by
a bank up to 12m wide and 2.6m high. The earthworks have been disturbed in
places by subsequent activities, including the construction of a track along
the southern end of the bank, resulting in its part levelling. The prehistoric
boundary earthworks coincide with the course of a more recent woodland
boundary, and this now tumbled flint wall survives along the top of the
northern part of the earlier bank.
The modern surface of the track which crosses the monument is excluded from
the scheduling, although the ground beneath it 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

Linear boundaries are substantial earthwork features comprising single or
multiple ditches and banks which may extend over distances varying between
less than 1km to over 10km. They survive as earthworks or as linear features
visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs or as a combination of both. The
evidence of excavation and study of associated monuments demonstrate that
their construction spans the millennium from the Middle Bronze Age, although
they may have been re-used later.
The scale of many linear boundaries has been taken to indicate that they were
constructed by large social groups and were used to mark important boundaries
in the landscape; their impressive scale displaying the corporate prestige of
their builders. They would have been powerful symbols, often with religious
associations, used to define and order the territorial holdings of those
groups who constructed them. Linear earthworks are of considerable importance
for the analysis of settlement and land use in the Bronze Age; all well
preserved examples will normally merit statutory protection.

Despite some disturbance by subsequent activities, the prehistoric linear
boundary at Crown Tegleaze survives well, retaining important archaeological
remains and environmental evidence relating to the construction and original
purpose of the monument. The linear boundary forms part of a group of linear
earthworks and round barrows which cluster along this part of the downland
ridge. These monuments are broadly contemporary and their close association
will provide evidence for the relationship between land division and funerary
practices during the later prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England

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