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Platform barrow 360m north east of The Mill House

A Scheduled Monument in Findon, West Sussex

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Latitude: 50.8733 / 50°52'23"N

Longitude: -0.3902 / 0°23'24"W

OS Eastings: 513364.528248

OS Northings: 109437.479178

OS Grid: TQ133094

Mapcode National: GBR HLW.46F

Mapcode Global: FRA B62S.MTL

Entry Name: Platform barrow 360m north east of The Mill House

Scheduled Date: 7 July 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016705

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32248

County: West Sussex

Civil Parish: Findon

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex

Church of England Parish: Findon, Clapham and Patching

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


The monument includes a platform barrow situated on a chalk spur which forms
part of the Sussex Downs. The barrow has a low circular, flat-topped mound
about 13m in diameter and 0.3m high. The mound is surrounded by a ditch from
which material used to construct the barrow was excavated. This has become
partly infilled over the years, but survives as a very slight depression
around 1m wide. A saucer barrow 80m to the south is the subject of a separate

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

Platform barrows, funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age (2000-700 BC),
are the rarest of the recognised types of round barrow, with fewer than 50
examples recorded nationally. They occur widely across southern England with a
marked concentration in East and West Sussex and can occur either in barrow
cemeteries (closely-spaced groups of barrows) or singly. They were constructed
as low, flat-topped mounds of earth surrounded by a shallow ditch,
occasionally crossed by an entrance causeway. None of the known examples
stands higher than 1m above ground level, and most are considerably lower than
this. Due to their comparative visual insignificance when compared to the
larger types of round barrow, few were explored by 19th century antiquarians.
As a result, few platform barrows are disturbed by excavation and,
consequently, they remain a poorly understood class of monument. Their
importance lies in their potential for illustrating the diversity of beliefs
and burial practices in the Bronze Age and, due to their extreme rarity and
considerable fragility, all identified platform barrows would normally be
considered to be of national importance.

The platform barrow 360m north east of The Mill House survives well and will
contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and
the landscape in which it was constructed. Its close association with a
roughly contemporary saucer barrow will provide additional evidence for
ceremonial and burial practices during the later prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England

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