Bowl barrow on Beddingham Hill, 465m north east of the radio mast

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009957

Date first listed: 08-Nov-1966

Date of most recent amendment: 25-Jan-1995

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Beddingham Hill, 465m north east of the radio mast
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Location

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County: East Sussex

District: Lewes (District Authority)

Parish: Firle

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

National Grid Reference: TQ 46212 06013

Summary

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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 shows some signs of partial disturbance by past ploughing and partial excavation, the bowl barrow on Beddingham hill survives reasonably well and will contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed and used. The close association of the barrow with broadly contemporary and later, early medieval funerary monuments along the ridge to the west and east, 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 situated on a ridge of the Sussex Downs, a location which commands extensive views of the Weald to the north and the English Channel to the south. The barrow has a roughly circular mound 9.5m in diameter, which survives to a height of c.0.4m. A small, central hollow indicates 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 partially infilled over the years, but survives as a slight depression around 2m wide and 0.2m deep.

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.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: 25490

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Other
ref.2, Grinsell, LV, TQ 40 NE 15, (1930)

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