Three bowl barrows on Heathy Brow


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009056

Date first listed: 01-Nov-1963

Date of most recent amendment: 21-Dec-1992


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

County: East Sussex

District: Eastbourne (District Authority)

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

National Grid Reference: TV 59154 96280


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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 some spreading caused by cultivation, the bowl barrows on Heathy Brow survive comparatively well and contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating both to the monument and the landscape in which the barrow was constructed. Such closely spaced groups of barrows provide an insight into the nature and intensity of human occupation in this area during the Bronze Age period.


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The monument includes three bowl barrows aligned north-south and situated on a west facing slope north of Beachy Head. The southern of the three barrows comprises a mound 11m in diameter and 0.3m high with a surrounding ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. This is no longer visible at ground level, having become infilled over the years, but survives as a buried feature 2m wide. The middle barrow has a mound 22m in diameter and 0.7m high and a surrounding quarry ditch which survives as a buried feature c.3m wide. The northern of the three barrows comprises a mound 12m in diameter and 0.2m high with an infilled surrounding ditch c.2m across.

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: 20129

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Sussex Archaeological Collections' in Sussex Barrows (Volume 75), , Vol. 75, (1934), 275
Bradley, R, TV 59 NE 60, (1969)

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