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Bowl barrow, 870m NNE of Blackstone Barn

List Entry Summary

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.

Name: Bowl barrow, 870m NNE of Blackstone Barn

List entry Number: 1002256


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The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: East Sussex

District: Lewes

District Type: District Authority

Parish: South Heighton

County: East Sussex

District: Wealden

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Alfriston

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 20-Dec-1973

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

UID: ES 302

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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. Despite some disturbance by animal activity, the bowl barrow 870m NNE of Blackstone Barn survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental information relating to the mound and the landscape in which it was constructed.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a ridge of chalk downland south of Norton Top, overlooking Blackstone Bottom on the South Downs. The barrow survives as a roughly circular-shaped 14m diameter mound standing 1m high surrounded by a quarry ditch. The monument excludes all modern fences and fences posts; gates and gate posts; the surface of the modern footpath and the boundary stone on top of the mound. However the ground beneath all these features is included.

Sources: East Sussex HER MES2700. NMR TQ40SE52. PastScape 406218. 1875, 1899, 1910 and 1928 Sussex OS Maps (1:2500).

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National Grid Reference: TQ 48866 02720


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