Two bowl barrows south of Westburton Hill: part of Westburton Hill round barrow cemetery


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008741

Date first listed: 07-Apr-1967

Date of most recent amendment: 19-Nov-1992


Ordnance survey map of Two bowl barrows south of Westburton Hill: part of Westburton Hill round barrow cemetery
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: West Sussex

District: Chichester (District Authority)

Parish: Bury

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

National Grid Reference: SU 98997 12977


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Reasons for Designation

Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They comprise closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including several different types of round barrow, occasionally associated with earlier long barrows. Where large scale investigation has been undertaken around them, contemporary or later "flat" burials between the barrow mounds have often been revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland Britain, with a marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases, they are clustered around other important contemporary monuments such as henges. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, whilst their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving or partly-surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

Despite some damage from ploughing, the two barrows south of Westburton Hill survive as earthworks and contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.


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The monument includes two bowl barrows forming part of a linear round barrow cemetery consisting of five bowl barrows, only four of which survive as earthworks, the fifth having been levelled by cultivation. They are situated on the south facing slope of a rise in the chalk downland. The northern barrow has a mound 28m in diameter and 0.5m high. Surrounding this is a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. It is no longer visible at ground level having become infilled over the years but now survives as a buried feature c.3m wide. The southern barrow has a mound 22m in diameter and 0.3m high. This too is surrounded by a ditch which survives as a buried feature c.3m wide.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.


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Legacy System number: 20088

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Sussex Archaeological Collections' in Sussex Barrows, , Vol. 75, (1934)

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