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Bowl barrow 600m south east of Week Farm: part of a round barrow cemetery on Week Down

A Scheduled Monument in Ventnor, Isle of Wight

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Latitude: 50.5967 / 50°35'48"N

Longitude: -1.2357 / 1°14'8"W

OS Eastings: 454192.913323

OS Northings: 77721.178868

OS Grid: SZ541777

Mapcode National: GBR 9F3.DFS

Mapcode Global: FRA 879H.8G1

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 600m south east of Week Farm: part of a round barrow cemetery on Week Down

Scheduled Date: 3 November 1961

Last Amended: 18 January 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010005

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22020

County: Isle of Wight

Civil Parish: Ventnor

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Isle of Wight

Church of England Parish: Godshill All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth


The monument includes a bowl barrow set on a hilltop position in a downland
setting on the coast of the southern side of the Isle of Wight. To the west
the land falls away to a valley which runs north-south. The barrow lies on the
highest point of the hill. This is one of an original ten barrows which made
up the Week Down cemetery. Only five now survive.
The barrow has a mound which measures 16m in diameter and is c.0.4m 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. A central
depression in the mound is indicative of 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

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 having been ploughed periodically in the past and having been
partially excavated in the past, the bowl barrow on Week Down is integral to
the Week Down cemetery and will contain archaeological remains and
environmental evidence relating to the cemetery and the landscape in which it
was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Carr, R. D., Report on Week Down excavations (unpublished), 1968,

Source: Historic England

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