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Bowl barrow 300m east of Tile Lodge

A Scheduled Monument in Hartfield, East Sussex

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Latitude: 51.0614 / 51°3'41"N

Longitude: 0.0931 / 0°5'35"E

OS Eastings: 546772.620279

OS Northings: 131206.398762

OS Grid: TQ467312

Mapcode National: GBR LP6.6D1

Mapcode Global: FRA C629.XT4

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 300m east of Tile Lodge

Scheduled Date: 19 October 1973

Last Amended: 14 March 2000

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020357

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31418

County: East Sussex

Civil Parish: Hartfield

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Coleman's Hatch Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on heathland at the highest part
of the Ashdown Forest, towards its eastern edge. The barrow has a roughly
circular mound approximately 26m in diameter and up to 0.5m high. The uneven
surface of the mound suggests that it has been partly disturbed by World War
II army training activity. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which
material used to construct the barrow was excavated. This has become infilled
over the years, but is likely to survive as a below ground feature up to 2m

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 bowl barrow 300m east of Tile Lodge is the only known example of this type
of monument surviving as a visible earthwork within the Ashdown Forest.
Despite some disturbance caused by modern army training activities and tree
roots, the barrow survives comparatively well and will retain archaeological
and environmental evidence relating to its construction and original use.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Sussex Archaeological Collections' in Sussex Barrows, , Vol. 81, (1940), 214

Source: Historic England

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