Platform barrow 200m ESE of the Long Man of Wilmington


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012475

Date first listed: 27-Jan-1967

Date of most recent amendment: 10-Jul-1991


Ordnance survey map of Platform barrow 200m ESE of the Long Man of Wilmington
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: East Sussex

District: Wealden (District Authority)

Parish: Long Man

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

National Grid Reference: TQ 54479 03355


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Reasons for Designation

Platform barrows, funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age (1400 - 700bc), are the rarest of the recognised types of round barrow, with fewer than 50 examples recorded nationally. They occur widely across southern England with a marked concentration in East and West Sussex and can occur either in barrow cemeteries (closely-spaced groups of barrows) or singly. They were constructed as low, flat-topped mounds of earth surrounded by a shallow ditch, occasionally crossed by an entrance causeway. None of the known examples stands higher then 1m above ground level, and most are considerably lower than this. Due to their comparative visual insignificance when compared to the larger types of round barrow, few were explored by 19th century antiquarians. As a result, few platform barrows are disturbed by excavation and, consequently, they remain a poorly understood class of monument. Their importance lies in their potential for illustrating the diversity of beliefs and burial practices in the Bronze Age and, due to their extreme rarity and considerable fragility, all identified platform barrows would normally be considered to be of national importance. In spite of the damage to the monument caused by antiquarian excavators, it survives sufficiently well to provide the best example of its type in the region and still retains considerable archaeological potential since the old ground surface and the surrounding ditch survive essentially undisturbed.


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The monument, a platform barrow dating from the Bronze Age, is situated on the crest of the saddle between Wilmington Hill and Windover Hill and is visible on the skyline from the north. The most prominent feature of the monument is the low, flat-topped, circular mound of earth but also included is the encircling ditch which is now largely infilled but which is detectable on the E and SE sides. The monument measure 13m in diameter, of which the outer 1m on each side is the infilled ditch. The central raised platform attains a maximum height of 40-50cm and is slightly dished at its centre, suggesting that excavation has taken place in the past. The post-and-wire fencing which crosses the monument on its northern side is excluded from the scheduling.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.


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

Legacy System number: 12799

Legacy System: RSM


Photograph on file (15-FEB-90), (1990)
TQ 50 SW 37,

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