Platform barrow 360m north east of The Mill House

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016705

Date first listed: 07-Jul-1999

Map

Ordnance survey map of Platform barrow 360m north east of The Mill House
© Crown Copyright and database right 2018. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2018. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1016705 .pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 17-Nov-2018 at 07:25:23.

Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: West Sussex

District: Arun (District Authority)

Parish: Findon

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

National Grid Reference: TQ 13365 09437

Summary

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

Reasons for Designation

Platform barrows, funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age (2000-700 BC), are the rarest of the recognised types of round barrow, with fewer than 50 examples recorded nationally. They occur widely across southern England with a marked concentration in East and West Sussex and can occur either in barrow cemeteries (closely-spaced groups of barrows) or singly. They were constructed as low, flat-topped mounds of earth surrounded by a shallow ditch, occasionally crossed by an entrance causeway. None of the known examples stands higher than 1m above ground level, and most are considerably lower than this. Due to their comparative visual insignificance when compared to the larger types of round barrow, few were explored by 19th century antiquarians. As a result, few platform barrows are disturbed by excavation and, consequently, they remain a poorly understood class of monument. Their importance lies in their potential for illustrating the diversity of beliefs and burial practices in the Bronze Age and, due to their extreme rarity and considerable fragility, all identified platform barrows would normally be considered to be of national importance.

The platform barrow 360m north east of The Mill House survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. Its close association with a roughly contemporary saucer barrow will provide additional evidence for ceremonial and burial practices during the later prehistoric period.

History

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

Details

The monument includes a platform barrow situated on a chalk spur which forms part of the Sussex Downs. The barrow has a low circular, flat-topped mound about 13m in diameter and 0.3m high. The mound is surrounded by a ditch from which material used to construct the barrow was excavated. This has become partly infilled over the years, but survives as a very slight depression around 1m wide. A saucer barrow 80m to the south is the subject of a separate scheduling.

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.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 32248

Legacy System: RSM

End of official listing