Two bowl barrows in Littleworth Clump


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008885

Date first listed: 11-Jan-1993


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

County: Surrey

District: Guildford (District Authority)

Parish: Seale and Sands

National Grid Reference: SU 89215 46071


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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 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 bowl barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring across most of lowland Britain. 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 and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

Despite later disturbance to the line of the quarry ditch, the two bowl barrows in Littleworth Clump survive comparatively well 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 aligned east-west and situated on the crest of a low ridge on the Lower Greensand. The eastern of the two barrows has a mound 20m in diameter and 1.8m high while the western barrow has a mound 15m in diameter and 1.3m high. A later bank and ditch surround the two mounds to the east, north and west, the probable continuation on the south side having been cut through by Littleworth Road. The bank is 2m wide and 0.5m high with an ditch outside it 3m wide and up to 0.5m deep. This ditch is believed to follow the line of the original quarry ditch from which mound material was quarried.

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Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Surrey Archaeological Collections' in Surrey Barrows 1934-1987: A Reappraisal, , Vol. 79, (1987)

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