Round barrow on Cliffe Hill
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 Culture, Media and Sport.
Name: Round barrow on Cliffe Hill
List entry Number: 1002282
The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
County: East Sussex
District Type: District Authority
National Park: SOUTH DOWNS
Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.
Date first scheduled: 27-Dec-1962
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 230
This list entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.
List entry Description
Summary of Monument
Round Barrow on Cliffe Hill, 1.09km north-east of Lewes Golf Course Club House.
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 the landscaping of Lewes Golf Course, the round barrow on Cliffe Hill, 1.09km north-east of Lewes Golf Course Club House survives as a slight earthwork and buried feature, which has the potential for the recovery of archaeological and environmental information relating to the barrow and the landscape in which it was constructed.
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, likely to be of bowl barrow type, situated at the summit of Cliffe Hill on Lewes Golf Course at the northern edge of the South Downs. The monument survives largely as a buried archaeological feature following landscaping of the golf course but is also visible as slight earthworks above ground. The mound measures 11m in diameter and is now less than 0.1 high. It was originally at least 0.5m high. A surrounding quarry ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived is also likely to survive as a buried feature.
The barrow is recorded on Ordnance Survey maps (1:2500) of 1873, 1899, 1910 and 1932.
Further archaeological remains survive within the vicinity of this monument. Some such as a nearby oval barrow are scheduled, but others, including three round barrows, are not because they have not been formally assessed.
NMR TQ41SW18. PastScape 406560.
National Grid Reference: TQ 43405 10700
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