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Bowl barrow 500m south of Overhill Lodge, forming part of The Lord's Burghs linear barrow group

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Bowl barrow 500m south of Overhill Lodge, forming part of The Lord's Burghs linear barrow group

List entry Number: 1009956

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: East Sussex

District: Lewes

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Firle

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 08-Apr-1966

Date of most recent amendment: 25-Jan-1995

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 25489

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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.

Although it has become reduced in height over the years because of the effects of modern ploughing, the bowl barrow 500m south of Overhill Lodge survives comparatively well 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 barrow with two bowl barrows to the NNW, and with broadly contemporary and later, early medieval funerary monuments along 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 3000 years.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow, the southernmost barrow of a group of three forming 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 barrow has a circular mound 20m in diameter, which survives to a height of around 0.04m. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material used to construct the barrow was excavated. This has become infilled over the years, but 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.

Selected Sources

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National Grid Reference: TQ 47330 05101

Map

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