Round barrow S of Ditchling Beacon
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1002254
Date first listed: 07-Sep-1967
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
County: East Sussex
District: Lewes (District Authority)
National Park: SOUTH DOWNS
National Grid Reference: TQ3302512474
Bowl barrow south of Ditchling Beacon, 868m north of High Park Farmhouse.
Reasons for Designation
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 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.
Although it has been levelled by ploughing, the bowl barrow south of Ditchling Beacon survives as a buried feature containing archaeological information and environmental evidence relating to the barrow and the landscape in which it was constructed.
This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 3 March 2015. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.
The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a ridge of chalk downland overlooking North Bottom on the South Downs, north of Brighton. The monument has been levelled by ploughing and survives as a buried archaeological feature. In 1983 the barrow had a roughly circular-shaped mound at least 0.9m high. This is now visible as a soil mark about 18m in diameter. It will also have included a surrounding quarry ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived, which will survive as a buried feature.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: ES 285
Legacy System: RSM - OCN
East Sussex HER MES1291. NMR TQ31SW18. PastScape 403070
This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing