Bowl barrow on Lavington Common, 150m SSE of Main Wood Cottage


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009045

Date first listed: 07-Apr-1967

Date of most recent amendment: 23-Oct-1992


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Lavington Common, 150m SSE of Main Wood Cottage
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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: East Lavington

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

National Grid Reference: SU 94692 18962

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 some evidence of disturbance to the mound, the bowl barrow on Lavington Common, 150m SSE of Main Wood Cottage, survives comparatively well, and contains archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating both to the monument and the landscape in which the barrow was constructed.


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a rise in the Greensand to the north of the South Downs. The barrow consists of a central mound 11m in diameter and 1m high with a surrounding ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. This is now no longer visible at ground level but survives as a buried feature c.2m 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.


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 20076

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Sussex Archaeological Collections' in Sussex Barrows (Volume 75), , Vol. 75, (1934), 245
Ordnance Survey, SU91NW9B, (1971)

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