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Bowl barrow on West High Down, 150m north of Roe's Hall

A Scheduled Monument in Totland, Isle of Wight

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.6635 / 50°39'48"N

Longitude: -1.5673 / 1°34'2"W

OS Eastings: 430675.374847

OS Northings: 84954.943734

OS Grid: SZ306849

Mapcode National: GBR 67X.6L7

Mapcode Global: FRA 77LB.577

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on West High Down, 150m north of Roe's Hall

Scheduled Date: 5 December 1960

Last Amended: 16 January 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010510

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12336

County: Isle of Wight

Civil Parish: Totland

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Isle of Wight

Church of England Parish: Totland Bay Christ Church

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow set on the crest of a prominent chalk
ridge which runs east-west across the centre of the island. The barrow mound
is 13m in diameter and 0.5m high. A large stone set just north of the centre
of the monument may form part of the original burial chamber or cist.
Although no longer visible at ground level a ditch, from which material was
quarried during construction of the monument, surrounds the mound. This has
become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature c.2m wide.
The War Department stone, set on the centre of the mound, is excluded from the
scheduling although the ground beneath it is included.

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.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
'PROC OF THE ISLE OF WIGHT NATURAL HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY SOC' in Proceedings of the Isle of Wight Natural History and Archaelogical Society, (1940), 164

Source: Historic England

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