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Cross dyke on Beachy Brow 30m south east of the golf club

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: Cross dyke on Beachy Brow 30m south east of the golf club

List entry Number: 1014731

Location

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

County: East Sussex

District: Eastbourne

District Type: District Authority

Parish:

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 05-Dec-1995

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 27020

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Cross dykes are substantial linear earthworks typically between 0.2km and 1km long and comprising one or more ditches arranged beside and parallel to one or more banks. They generally occur in upland situations, running across ridges and spurs. They are recognised as earthworks or as cropmarks on aerial photographs, or as combinations of both. The evidence of excavation and analogy with associated monuments demonstrates that their construction spans the millennium from the Middle Bronze Age, although they may have been re-used later. Current information favours the view that they were used as territorial boundary markers, probably demarcating land allotment within communities, although they may also have been used as trackways, cattle droveways or defensive earthworks. Cross dykes are one of the few monument types which illustrate how land was divided up in the prehistoric period. They are of considerable importance for any analysis of settlement and land use in the Bronze Age. Very few have survived to the present day and hence all well- preserved examples are considered to be of national importance.

The cross dyke on Beachy Brow survives comparatively well. Although it has been partially destroyed by the construction of a modern road, the surviving portion of the monument will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the function of the cross dyke and the nature of its original setting. The cross dyke lies c.350m to the north west of a further cross dyke and within an area which contains a number of round barrows. These monuments are broadly contemporary and their close association will provide evidence for the relationship between land division and burial practice during the period of their construction and use.

History

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Details

The monument includes a cross dyke which runs across the crest of a ridge of the Sussex Downs. The cross dyke has a ENE-WSW aligned ditch 75m long, 3.9m wide and c.0.5m deep flanked on each side by low banks around 3.3m wide, surviving to a height of up to 0.2m above the surrounding ground. To the ENE, the earthworks fade out gradually as the ground falls away sharply, whilst the dyke may have originally continued further across the ridge towards the WSW, but has here been removed by the construction of the cutting for the A259 road.

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.

Selected Sources

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National Grid Reference: TV 58599 98606

Map

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