The Holt round barrow


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1002259

Date first listed: 21-Feb-1967


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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: East Sussex

District: Wealden (District Authority)

Parish: Long Man

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

National Grid Reference: TQ 55069 04014


Round barrow near The Holt, 650m south-east of The Glebe.

Reasons for Designation

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). 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 protection.

The round barrow near The Holt survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental information relating to the barrow and the landscape in which it was constructed.


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This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 26 February 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 round barrow situated on a south facing slope between The Holt and Hunters’ Burgh Long Barrow on the South Downs, east of Wilmington. The barrow survives as a roughly circular-shaped mound 13m in diameter and 1.2m high surrounded by a buried quarry ditch from which the material to construct form the mound was derived. A small hollow in the top of the mound may be the result of an early unrecorded excavation. The barrow is recorded on Sussex OS maps of (1:2500) 1874, 1899, 1909 and 1928.


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

Legacy System number: ES 317

Legacy System: RSM - OCN


NMR TQ50SE1. PastScape 408427.

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