Bowl barrow 240m east of Trinity Methodist Church, forming part of a round barrow cemetery on Sullington Warren
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1014944
Date first listed: 23-Mar-1970
Date of most recent amendment: 18-Oct-1996
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
County: West Sussex
District: Horsham (District Authority)
Parish: Storrington and Sullington
National Grid Reference: TQ 09598 14581
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, the most numerous form of round barrow, occur either in isolation or grouped in cemeteries across most of lowland Britain. There are over 10,000 surviving bowl barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed). The bowl barrow 240m east of Trinity Methodist Church survives well, and part excavation has shown the cemetery of which it forms a part to contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the ways in which it was constructed and used.
The monument includes a bowl barrow which forms part of a group of ten
situated along two parallel NNW-SSE aligned Greensand ridges in the lee of
the Sussex Downs. The cemetery is formed by two linear groups of barrows, one
running along each ridge. The monument is south of the north westernmost
barrow of the eastern group, which consists of six barrows. It has a roughly
circular mound c.22m in diameter and c.1m high, surrounded by a ditch from
which material used to construct the barrow was excavated. This has become
infilled over the years, but survives as a buried feature c.2m wide.
The cemetery was partly excavated in 1809 when cinerary urns and burnt human
bones were found.
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: 27089
Legacy System: RSM
Books and journals
Grinsell, L, 'Sussex Archaeological Society' in Sussex in the Bronze Age, , Vol. 72, (1941), 64
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