Bowl barrow on High and Over, Seaford


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009941

Date first listed: 26-Jan-1967

Date of most recent amendment: 03-Jan-1995


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

County: East Sussex

District: Lewes (District Authority)

Parish: Seaford

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

National Grid Reference: TQ 51031 01237


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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.

The bowl barrow on High and Over is one of the largest surviving bowl barrows on the East Sussex Downs. It survives comparatively well, despite partial disturbance, and will contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the Sussex Downs, overlooking the Cuckmere valley to the east. The barrow has a large, roughly circular mound measuring 26m in diameter, which survives to a height of c.2.75m. This has been disturbed in several places by partial excavation some time in the past. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material used to construct the barrow was excavated. This has become infilled over the years. It has also been partially disturbed on its north western side by the construction of the modern B2108 road, and on its south eastern side by a downland track. It survives elsewhere, however, as a buried feature c.4m wide. The metalled surface of the modern road which crosses the north western side of the monument is excluded from the scheduling, as is the modern fence which bounds the road, although the ground beneath these features is included.

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.


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

Legacy System number: 25475

Legacy System: RSM


ref. 2, Grinsell, LV, TQ 50 SW 44, (1930)

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