Bowl barrow 300m east of Tile Lodge

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1020357

Date first listed: 19-Oct-1973

Date of most recent amendment: 14-Mar-2000

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 300m east of Tile Lodge
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Location

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County: East Sussex

District: Wealden (District Authority)

Parish: Hartfield

National Grid Reference: TQ 46773 31206

Summary

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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 protection.

The bowl barrow 300m east of Tile Lodge is the only known example of this type of monument surviving as a visible earthwork within the Ashdown Forest. Despite some disturbance caused by modern army training activities and tree roots, the barrow survives comparatively well and will retain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction and original use.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on heathland at the highest part of the Ashdown Forest, towards its eastern edge. The barrow has a roughly circular mound approximately 26m in diameter and up to 0.5m high. The uneven surface of the mound suggests that it has been partly disturbed by World War II army training activity. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material used to construct the barrow was excavated. This has become infilled over the years, but is likely to survive as a below ground feature up to 2m wide.

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: 31418

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Sussex Archaeological Collections' in Sussex Barrows, , Vol. 81, (1940), 214

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