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Bowl barrow 1.2km WSW of Cheverton Farm: part of a round barrow cemetery on Cheverton Down

A Scheduled Monument in Shorwell, Isle of Wight

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Latitude: 50.656 / 50°39'21"N

Longitude: -1.3694 / 1°22'10"W

OS Eastings: 444668.24687

OS Northings: 84227.952452

OS Grid: SZ446842

Mapcode National: GBR 8BT.W01

Mapcode Global: FRA 870B.Q9F

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 1.2km WSW of Cheverton Farm: part of a round barrow cemetery on Cheverton Down

Scheduled Date: 23 October 1967

Last Amended: 3 March 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008309

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22007

County: Isle of Wight

Civil Parish: Shorwell

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Isle of Wight

Church of England Parish: Shorwell with Kingston St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth


The monument includes a bowl barrow lying on the south side of the slope of an
east facing ridge. It is situated in a downland setting with deep valleys to
the north and south.
The barrow has a mound which measures 20m in diameter and stands to 0.2m high
on its north side and 1.5m high on its south side. Surrounding the mound is a
ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. This can no
longer be seen at ground level, but survives as a buried feature c.4m wide.
The lynchet of a field system which lies northeast-southwest abuts the barrow
on its north side.

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

Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They comprise
closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds
covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a
considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as
a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit
considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including
several different types of round barrow, occasionally associated with earlier
long barrows. Where large scale investigation has been undertaken around them,
contemporary or later "flat" burials between the barrow mounds have often been
revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland Britain, with a
marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases, they are clustered around other
important contemporary monuments such as henges. Often occupying prominent
locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, whilst
their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving or partly-surviving examples are
considered worthy of protection.

Despite being ploughed periodically, the bowl barrow on Cheverton Down will
contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the
cemetery and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


IWCAC (DLM) 1989/89B1-17,18/SMR AP file,
IWCAC (DLM)/86C-2-Frame 13 SZ4484/AP file,

Source: Historic England

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