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Bowl barrow on Beachy Brow 820m north west of Youth Hostel

A Scheduled Monument in Old Town, East Sussex

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Latitude: 50.7752 / 50°46'30"N

Longitude: 0.2439 / 0°14'38"E

OS Eastings: 558305.779554

OS Northings: 99689.364015

OS Grid: TV583996

Mapcode National: GBR MV6.8GY

Mapcode Global: FRA C7D1.8V2

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Beachy Brow 820m north west of Youth Hostel

Scheduled Date: 3 July 2000

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019247

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32266

County: East Sussex

Electoral Ward/Division: Old Town

Built-Up Area: Eastbourne

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Eastbourne St Elizabeth

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a chalk ridge which forms part
of the Sussex Downs. The barrow has a circular mound about 12m in diameter and
up to around 1m high with a large central hollow, indicating antiquarian
excavation during the 18th or 19th centuries. The mound is surrounded by a
ditch from which material used to construct the barrow was excavated. This has
become infilled over the years, but will survive as a buried feature around 2m
wide. The South Downs Way, a long distance track, has been constructed across
the western part of the ditch, causing some disturbance to the monument.

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

Round barrows 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 mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered
single or multiple burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as
cemeteries and often acted as a focus of 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 examples recorded nationally (many more have already
been destroyed), occurring across most of Britain, including the Wessex area
where it is often possible to classify them more closely, for example as bowl
or bell barrows. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major
historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable variation in
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 bowl barrow on Beachy Brow 820m north west of the Youth Hostel survives
comparatively well, despite some subsequent disturbance, and will retain
archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the
landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England

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