Two bowl barrows on Beachy Brow 730m east of Ringwood


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009472

Date first listed: 01-Nov-1963

Date of most recent amendment: 22-Sep-1992


Ordnance survey map of Two bowl barrows on Beachy Brow 730m east of Ringwood
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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 58544 98779


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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 two bowl barrows on Beachy Brow 730m east of Ringwood survive comparatively well and contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating both to the monument and the landscape in which the barrows were constructed. They form part of an extensive and widespread group of barrows surviving in the area and, as such, contribute to a detailed picture of settlement and land use during the Bronze Age period.


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The monument includes two bowl barrows aligned roughly north-south and situated on the crest of a ridge in an area of chalk downland. The northern of the two barrows comprises a flat-topped mound 16m in diameter and 0.5m high with a surrounding ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. This is no longer visible from ground level having become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature c.3m wide. At a distance of 4m to the south is the second barrow which has a mound 11m in diameter and 0.7m high. This also has an infilled surrounding ditch which is c.2m wide. Both mounds have slight central hollows, suggesting 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.


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Legacy System number: 20143

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Sussex Archaeological Collections' in Sussex Barrows (Volume 75), , Vol. 75, (1934), 275
Title: TV 59 NE 65 Source Date: 1973 Author: Publisher: Surveyor:

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