Round barrow S of Breaky Bottom


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1002264

Date first listed: 15-Jul-1966


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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)

Parish: Rodmell

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

National Grid Reference: TQ 40153 04908


Bowl Barrow near Breaky Bottom, 452m south-west of Breaky Bottom Farm.

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 part-levelling by cultivation, the bowl barrow near Breaky Bottom, 452m south-west of Breaky Bottom Farm, will contain archaeological and environmental information relating to the bowl 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 bowl barrow situated on a chalk download slope south of Breaky Bottom in the South Downs. It has been partly levelled by cultivation but survives as a broadly circular mound, about 12m in diameter and 0.5m high. The mound was originally at least 18m in diameter and 1.2m high.


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

Legacy System number: ES 261

Legacy System: RSM - OCN


East Sussex HER MES1922. NMR TQ40SW7. PastScape 406254.

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