Bowl barrow and adjacent double bowl barrow E of Pashley


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009465

Date first listed: 15-Feb-1967

Date of most recent amendment: 22-Jan-1993


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow and adjacent double bowl barrow E of Pashley
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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 59206 98198


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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 evidence of partial excavation, the bowl barrow and double bowl barrow east of Pashley survive well. Pairs of contiguous bowl barrows are particularly rare in East Sussex and combined with the concentration of bowl barrows in the immediate area provide an important insight into the nature and intensity of human occupation as well as social organisation in the area during the Bronze Age period.


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The monument includes a single bowl barrow and a double bowl barrow aligned roughly east-west and situated on the crest of a ridge in an area of chalk downland. The single barrow has a mound with dimensions of 15m north-south and 17m east-west and surviving to a height of 1.7m. A slight depression in the mound centre suggests that it may have been partially excavated. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. This is now only visible to the west of the mound as a slight depression 3.5m wide, the rest having become infilled over the years but still surviving as a buried feature. To the west is the double bowl barrow which has two contiguous mounds 13m from north to south with an overall length of 24m from east to west. The height of the western mound is 1m, while that of the eastern mound is 1.3m. Surrounding the double mound is a single continuous ditch 5m wide and upto 0.3m deep.

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: 20135

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Sussex Archaeological Collections' in Sussex Barrows (Volume 75), , Vol. 75, (1934), 275
Reverend W Budgen and Furlong, AW, (1930)
Title: TV 59 NE 32 Source Date: 1973 Author: Publisher: Surveyor:

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