Bowl barrow on Fulking Hill
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1014951
Date first listed: 27-Jan-1967
Date of most recent amendment: 05-Sep-1996
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
County: West Sussex
District: Mid Sussex (District Authority)
National Park: SOUTH DOWNS
National Grid Reference: TQ 24777 10912
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
The bowl barrow on Fulking Hill survives well and will contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the way the monument was constructed and used.
The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a ridge which forms part of
the Sussex Downs. The barrow has a circular mound c.13.5m in diameter and up
to 1.2m high which shows signs of part excavation some time in the past.
Surrounding the mound is 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 up to 2m wide.
The modern fences which flank the barrow mound to the west and east are
excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath them 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: 27074
Legacy System: RSM
ref 2, RCHME, TQ 21 SW 4, (1934)
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