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Bowl barrow in Brighstone Forest: 850m NNE of Coombe Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Brighstone, Isle of Wight

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Latitude: 50.6585 / 50°39'30"N

Longitude: -1.3894 / 1°23'21"W

OS Eastings: 443256.875773

OS Northings: 84487.775268

OS Grid: SZ432844

Mapcode National: GBR 8BS.PJQ

Mapcode Global: FRA 77ZB.GK3

Entry Name: Bowl barrow in Brighstone Forest: 850m NNE of Coombe Farm

Scheduled Date: 18 July 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007799

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21978

County: Isle of Wight

Civil Parish: Brighstone

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Isle of Wight

Church of England Parish: Brighstone

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a south east facing slope.
The mound has a diameter of 15m and is 1.7m high. Surrounding the mound is 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 shallow
depression c.2.5m wide and c.0.5m deep.
There is a central depression in the top of the barrow mound indicative of an
antiquarian excavation.

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

Despite evidence for partial excavation, the bowl barrow in Brighstone Forest
will contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the
monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. This barrow is amongst
a number which survive in the area of Brighstone Down.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
'Proceedings of the Isle of Wight Nat Hist and Arch Society' in Proceedings of the Isle of Wight Nat Hist and Arch Society, , Vol. 3 Pt III, (1940), 204
'Transactions of the British Archaeological Association' in Transactions of the British Archaeological Association, (1845), 149

Source: Historic England

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