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Dalesdown Wood earthworks

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: Dalesdown Wood earthworks

List entry Number: 1005893


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

County: West Sussex

District: Arun

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Arundel

County: West Sussex

District: Arun

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Houghton

County: West Sussex

District: Arun

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Madehurst

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 24-Feb-1933

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: WS 43

Asset Groupings

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

Earthworks in Dalesdown Wood, 885m south-east of Orchard Cottage

Reasons for Designation

The earthworks in Dalesdown Wood, 885m south-east of Orchard Cottage survive well. They have been relatively undisturbed and are located in an area with little modern development. As such they hold a very high degree of potential for further archaeological investigation. They will contain important archaeological and environmental information relating to their construction and function, as well as to the landscape in which they were constructed. Despite the uncertainty concerning their identification it is clear that the earthworks are unusual in form and for this reason must be considered of archaeological interest in a national context. The surrounding area has many archaeological features, which adds to the group value of the monument.


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This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 17/10/14. 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.

DESCRIPTION The monument includes an area of earthworks within Dalesdown Wood. It is situated on the slopes of a ridge known as Rewell Hill, east of Arundel Park. The earthworks include a complex series of banks and ditches, forming enclosures and trackways in an area over 0.3 sq km in size. It is approached by two parallel trackways, between two banks, from the north-east. The earthworks, south and west of the trackway, form a series of contiguous sub-rectangular or irregular enclosures denoted by banks and ditches. A number of pits have also been identified.

In 1919, part of the site was partially excavated, which recovered three sherds of Iron Age pottery of La Tene III type, as well as a piece of Roman amphora. In 1979, two fragments of a Bronze Age axe or palstave and lumps of ‘melted scrap’ were found on Rewell Hill with a metal detector. It is considered that the earthworks are a prehistoric settlement, although it has also been proposed that the earthworks were associated with medieval animal husbandry linked to Arundel Park.

Further archaeological remains survive within the vicinity of this monument. Some such as the nearby ‘War Dyke entrenchment’ are scheduled, but others are not because they have not been formally assessed.

Selected Sources

West Sussex HER 1302 - MWS5869, 1303 - MWS2282, 1304 - MWS2283 NMR SU90NE2. PastScape 248855.

National Grid Reference: SU 99769 09708


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