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Two bowl barrows south of Foxholes Brow

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: Two bowl barrows south of Foxholes Brow

List entry Number: 1008891

Location

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

County: East Sussex

District: Eastbourne

District Type: District Authority

Parish:

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 01-Nov-1963

Date of most recent amendment: 04-Jan-1993

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 20141

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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 evidence of partial excavation, the two bowl barrows south of Foxholes Brow survive comparatively well and contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. They form part of an extensive and widespread group of barrows surviving in the area and, as such, contribute to a detailed picture of settlement and land use during the Bronze Age period.

History

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Details

The monument includes two bowl barrows aligned north-south and situated on the crest of a ridge of chalk downland. The northern of the two barrows has a mound 12m in diameter and 0.5m high with a central hollow suggesting that the barrow was once partially excavated. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. Having become infilled over the years this is no longer visible from ground level but survives as a buried feature c.2.5m wide. Some 5m to the south is the second barrow which has a mound 14m in diameter and 0.7m high. A slight central hollow suggests that this barrow too was once partially excavated. The surrounding quarry ditch has become infilled but survives as a buried feature c.2.5m 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.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Sussex Archaeological Collections' in Sussex Barrows, , Vol. 75, (1934), 274
Other
Ordnance Survey, TQ 50 SE 27, (1969)

National Grid Reference: TQ 58213 00031

Map

Map
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