Two bowl barrows on Iping Common, 350m south west of Crowshole Farm

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009313

Date first listed: 28-Sep-1954

Date of most recent amendment: 11-Jan-1993

Map

Ordnance survey map of Two bowl barrows on Iping Common, 350m south west of Crowshole Farm
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Location

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County: West Sussex

District: Chichester (District Authority)

Parish: Stedham with Iping

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

National Grid Reference: SU 84707 22142

Summary

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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 for partial excavation, the Iping Common bowl barrows survive comparatively well and have potential for the recovery of archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the landscape in which the monument was constructed.

History

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Details

The monument includes two bowl barrows aligned east-west and situated on a Greensand ridge. The eastern barrow consists of an earthwork mound measuring 20m in diameter and standing at a height of 1.7m. The western barrow mound is 15m in diameter and 1m high. Both barrow mounds are surrounded by ditches from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. These have become infilled over the years and are no longer visible at ground level but survive as buried features c.3m wide. Hollows in the mounds of both barrows suggest that they were once partially excavated.

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.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: 20023

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Sussex Archaeological Collection' in Sussex Barrows: Supplementary Paper, , Vol. 81, (1940)

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