A pair of bowl barrows 420m south of Overhill Lodge, forming part of The Lord's Burghs linear barrow group


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009955

Date first listed: 08-Nov-1966

Date of most recent amendment: 25-Jan-1995


Ordnance survey map of A pair of bowl barrows 420m south of Overhill Lodge, forming part of The Lord's Burghs linear barrow group
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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: Firle

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

National Grid Reference: TQ 47321 05195


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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 disturbance by modern ploughing and partial excavation, the pair of bowl barrows 420m south of Overhill Lodge survive as visually impressive earthwork features and will contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. The close association of the barrows with an adjacent bowl barrow to the south east, and with broadly contemporary and later, early medieval funerary monuments on the ridge to the north, provides evidence for the continuing importance of this area of downland for burial and ceremonial practices over a period of around 3,000 years.


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The monument includes a pair of bowl barrows forming part of a roughly north-south aligned, linear barrow group situated on a saddle of chalk downland which projects from the southern slope of a ridge of the Sussex Downs. The northerly bowl barrow of the pair has a mound c.18m in diameter and around 2m high. In the centre is a large hollow which indicates that the barrow 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, but is visible as slight depression around 2m wide. Lying c.20m to the south, the second barrow has a mound measuring c.17m in diameter, surviving to a height of around 2.3m. This also has a central hollow indicating partial excavation. The surrounding ditch is visible as an area of darker vegetation 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: 25488

Legacy System: RSM


ref. 2, Grinsell, LV, TQ 40 NE 18 C, (1930)

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