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Two bowl barrows 110m north-east of Heatherdown

A Scheduled Monument in Totland, Isle of Wight

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Latitude: 50.6701 / 50°40'12"N

Longitude: -1.5555 / 1°33'19"W

OS Eastings: 431507.668374

OS Northings: 85702.290002

OS Grid: SZ315857

Mapcode National: GBR 67Q.X4K

Mapcode Global: FRA 77M9.PT8

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows 110m north-east of Heatherdown

Scheduled Date: 5 December 1960

Last Amended: 17 January 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010619

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12335

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


The monument includes two bowl barrows aligned NE-SW and set on a gentle
south-facing slope between two prominent ridges, Headon Hill and West High
Down. The northern barrow mound is 25m in diameter and 2m high. It was
partially excavated by W.H.Trinder in 1931/2, finds included charcoal and
flint tools. Some 5m to the south is a further barrow mound 18m in diameter
and 2m high. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch surrounds
the mounds from which material was quarried during construction of the
barrows. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried
feature c.3m wide.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

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 partial excavation in 1931/2, the Heatherdown barrows survive
comparatively well and have potential for the recovery of archaeological
remains and environmental evidence relating to the period in which the
monument was constructed.

Source: Historic England


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)

Source: Historic England

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