Bowl barrow on eastern summit of Combe Hill
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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- Date first listed:
- Date of most recent amendment:
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- East Sussex
- Eastbourne (District Authority)
- National Park:
- SOUTH DOWNS
- National Grid Reference:
- TQ 57684 02274
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
Despite the limited damage to the barrow mound caused by partial excavation, the monument on the eastern summit of Combe Hill still survives well and retains significant archaeological potential for the recovery of evidence of the nature and duration of its use and of the environment in which it was constructed. The barrow demonstrates the continuity of the use of Combe Hill after the abandonment of the nearby Neolithic enclosure.
The monument includes a bowl barrow which comprises a mound and a surrounding
ditch. The mound measures 17m across and stands to a height of 1.6m. The
surrounding ditch, which has been infilled by soil eroded from the mound, is
visible as a hollow some 2m across around the foot of the mound. The hollow
in the summit of the mound indicates that the mound was partially excavated in
the 19th century.
The diameter of the mound and ditch together is 21m.
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.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
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- Legacy System:
Darvill, T, Monument Class Description - Bowl barrows, 1988,
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing