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Two bowl barrows on Iping Common, 520m SSW of Crossways Cottages

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 on Iping Common, 520m SSW of Crossways Cottages

List entry Number: 1009318


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

County: West Sussex

District: Chichester

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Stedham with Iping

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 13-Aug-1964

Date of most recent amendment: 11-Jan-1993

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 20025

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 for partial excavation of one of the two bowl barrows on Iping Common the monument survives comparatively well and has potential for the recovery of archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the landscape in which the monument was constructed.


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The monument includes two adjacent bowl barrows situated on a gentle rise in an area of Lower Greensand. The most easterly of the two barrows has a mound 14m in diameter and 1.4m high. The western barrow is 13m in diameter and 1.2m high. Although no longer visible at ground level ditches, from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument, surround both mounds. These have become infilled over the years and are no longer visible at ground level but survive as buried features c.3m wide. Due to the proximity of the two mounds only one ditch is believed to pass between them, the two ditches together forming a `figure of eight' shape. Both barrows were recorded in 1940 by Grinsell.

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 Collection' in Sussex Barrows: Supplementary Paper, , Vol. 81, (1940)

National Grid Reference: SU 85108 21810


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