Bowl barrow on Telscombe Tye, 650m south west of Pedlersburgh


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009943

Date first listed: 30-Dec-1994


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Telscombe Tye, 650m south west of Pedlersburgh
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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: Telscombe

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

National Grid Reference: TQ 39427 02031


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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 partial disturbance caused by past ploughing and agricultural activity, the bowl barrow on Telscombe Tye survives comparatively well and will contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. Around 650m to the north east is a further bowl barrow, known as Pedlersburgh, and c.1km to the north east is a cross dyke, a prehistoric linear boundary. The close association of these broadly contemporary monuments provides evidence for the importance of this area for funerary practices, settlement and agriculture during the prehistoric period.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on chalk downland c.700m north east of the present Sussex coast. The barrow has a circular mound 24m in diameter, which survives to a height of c.0.75m. A slight, central hollow indicates that it has been partially excavated 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, and has been partially disturbed on its south eastern side by an adjacent track. However, it survives as a buried feature around 2m wide.

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: 25477

Legacy System: RSM

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