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Bowl barrow on Newbarn Down: 1km south west of Rowridge

A Scheduled Monument in Newport, Isle of Wight

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.6674 / 50°40'2"N

Longitude: -1.3767 / 1°22'36"W

OS Eastings: 444147.2998

OS Northings: 85491.721111

OS Grid: SZ441854

Mapcode National: GBR 8BT.0SJ

Mapcode Global: FRA 8709.TRC

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Newbarn Down: 1km south west of Rowridge

Scheduled Date: 20 November 1967

Last Amended: 8 July 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007783

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21989

County: Isle of Wight

Civil Parish: Newport

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Isle of Wight

Church of England Parish: Carisbrooke St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated just below the crest of a north
facing hillside commanding wide views over Bowcombe Down.
The barrow includes a mound which measures 14m east-west and 24m north-south
and is c.0.1m high. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was
quarried during its construction. This has become infilled over the years and
can no longer be seen at ground level, but survives as a buried feature c.3m
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.

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
protection.

The barrow on Newbarn Down will contain archaeological remains and
environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in
which it was constructed. This barrow, one of a small group of three, lies
midway between the prominent bowl barrow known as Gallibury, and a barrow
which on excavation was found to contain evidence for Bronze Age burial rites.

Source: Historic England

Sources

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), 205
Other
Information from D. Motkin, (1978)

Source: Historic England

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