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Bowl barrow in Coombe Plantation on Chessell Down: 710m north west of Longstone Cottage

A Scheduled Monument in Brighstone, Isle of Wight

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Latitude: 50.6621 / 50°39'43"N

Longitude: -1.4304 / 1°25'49"W

OS Eastings: 440355.580594

OS Northings: 84869.92199

OS Grid: SZ403848

Mapcode National: GBR 79D.K5K

Mapcode Global: FRA 77WB.BJL

Entry Name: Bowl barrow in Coombe Plantation on Chessell Down: 710m north west of Longstone Cottage

Scheduled Date: 11 July 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007781

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21987

County: Isle of Wight

Civil Parish: Brighstone

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Isle of Wight

Church of England Parish: Mottistone St Peter and St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth


The monument includes a bowl barrow set on a north west facing slope above Pay
The barrow has a mound 7m in diameter and 0.7m high, surrounded by a ditch
from which material was quarried during its construction. This has become
partly infilled over the years but can still be seen as a slight depression 2m
wide and 0.1m deep.

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.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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 in Coombe Plantation survives comparatively well and will
contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the
barrow and the landscape in which it was constructed. This is one of several
barrows which survive along the chalk ridge near Mottistone Down. It is
unusual in this area because of its small size and because it represents an
outlier, situated between the Harboro round barrow cemetery on the ridge top
to the east and the Pay Down round barrow cemetery to the west.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
'Proceedings of the I.O.W. Nat History and Archaeological Soc' in Proceedings of the I.O.W. Nat History and Archaeological Society, , Vol. 3, (1940), 182,202

Source: Historic England

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