Pair of bowl barrows 490m ESE of Jerry's Pond, forming part of a round barrow cemetery south east of Bostal Hill


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1014645

Date first listed: 30-Jan-1967

Date of most recent amendment: 10-Jul-1996


Ordnance survey map of Pair of bowl barrows 490m ESE of Jerry's Pond, forming part of a round barrow cemetery south east of Bostal Hill
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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: Alciston

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

National Grid Reference: TQ 49920 04433


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Reasons for Designation

Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They comprise closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including several different types of round barrow, occasionally associated with earlier long barrows. Where large scale investigation has been undertaken around them, contemporary or later "flat" burials between the barrow mounds have often been revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland Britain, with a marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases, they are clustered around other important contemporary monuments such as henges. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, whilst their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving or partly-surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

Bowl barrows are the most numerous form of round barrow and date from the Late Neolithic period to the Late Bronze Age. Most examples were constructed in the period 2400-1500 BC. They occur across most of lowland Britain and, although superficially similar in appearance, exhibit regional variations of form and a diversity of burial practices. The pair of bowl barrows 490m ESE of Jerry's Pond survive well, despite some slight disturbance caused by modern ploughing, and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the period in which they were constructed and used.


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The monument includes the north westernmost pair of bowl barrows forming part of a prehistoric round barrow cemetery comprised of seven bowl barrows, situated along a ridge of the Sussex Downs. This location enjoys panoramic views of the Channel coast to the south and the Weald to the north. The north west-south east aligned bowl barrows are situated c.15m apart and have slightly uneven, circular mounds c.15m in diameter and up to c.1m high. The north westerly mound has been reduced by modern ploughing on its south eastern side. Surrounding the mounds are ditches from which material used to construct the barrows was excavated. These have become infilled over the years, but survive as buried features c.2m wide. The modern fence which crosses the monument is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath it is included.

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.

Legacy System number: 27043

Legacy System: RSM


source 2, RCHME, TQ 40 SE 22, (1930)

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