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Hunters' Burgh long barrow

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: Hunters' Burgh long barrow

List entry Number: 1014387

Location

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

County: East Sussex

District: Wealden

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Long Man

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 27-Jan-1967

Date of most recent amendment: 05-Feb-1996

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 12772

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Long barrows were constructed as earthen or drystone mounds with flanking ditches and acted as funerary monuments during the Early and Middle Neolithic periods (3400-2400 BC). They represent the burial places of Britain's early farming communities and, as such, are amongst the oldest field monuments surviving visibly in the present landscape. Where investigated, long barrows appear to have been used for communal burial, often with only parts of the human remains having been selected for interment. Certain sites provide evidence for several phases of funerary monument preceding the barrow and, consequently, it is probable that long barrows acted as important ritual sites for local communities over a considerable period of time. Some 500 examples of long barrows and long cairns, their counterparts in the uplands, are recorded nationally. As one of the few types of Neolithic structure to survive as earthworks, and due to their comparative rarity, their considerable age and their longevity as a monument type, all long barrows are considered to be nationally important.

The example of Hunters' Burgh survives well despite having been damaged by excavation, and consequently is of high archaeological potential. Of particular note is its proximity to a similar monument on Windover Hill.

History

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Details

The Hunters' Burgh is situated on sloping ground overlooking the western edge of the Pevensey Levels and has the appearance of being sited on the crest of the hill. It is orientated approximately north-south, with the broader and higher end to the south. The most distinctive feature of the monument is the elongated earthen mound, measuring some 65m in length and 14m-17m in width. At the southern end, where digging by an antiquitarian has mutilated the earthwork to give it the appearance of a more circular monument, the mound reaches a height of nearly 2m above the general ground level. The height diminishes to the north, where erosion has had a greater effect. Less obvious features of the monument are the flanking ditches which parallel the mound, imperceptibly on the eastern side where the effect of erosion of the mound has been greater, but quite clearly on the western side. It was these ditches from which the chalk used to construct the mound was quarried. No records survive of the excavation which mutilated the southern end of the monument. Field survey early this century, however, suggested that the flanking ditches joined around the northern end of the monument to form an elongated horseshoe shape in plan. The fence on the eastern side of the monument, which overlies the flanking ditch for part of its length and the surface of the footpath beside the fence are excluded from the scheduling, but the ground beneath both these features is included.

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

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Curwen, E C, 'Sussex Archaeological Collections' in Sussex Archaeological Collections, , Vol. 69, (1928), 94-5
Other
Darvill, T., MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Long Barrows, (1989)
TQ 50 SW 41,

National Grid Reference: TQ 54975 03664

Map

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