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Bowl barrow in Brighstone Forest west of Gallibury Fields: 1.65km ESE of Gottenleaze Cottages

A Scheduled Monument in Newport, Isle of Wight

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Latitude: 50.6643 / 50°39'51"N

Longitude: -1.3809 / 1°22'51"W

OS Eastings: 443852.128621

OS Northings: 85138.637311

OS Grid: SZ438851

Mapcode National: GBR 8BS.CP7

Mapcode Global: FRA 77ZB.5TH

Entry Name: Bowl barrow in Brighstone Forest west of Gallibury Fields: 1.65km ESE of Gottenleaze Cottages

Scheduled Date: 20 November 1967

Last Amended: 8 July 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010691

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21993

County: Isle of Wight

Civil Parish: Newport

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Isle of Wight

Church of England Parish: Brighstone

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth


The monument includes one of a group of three bowl barrows set on a high
plateau above Cheverton Down.
The barrow includes a mound which is 17m across and 2m high on the north west
side and 0.5m high on the south east side. 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.
There is a central depression in the top of the mound indicative of an
unrecorded 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
survives well and will contain archaeological remains and environmental
evidence relating to the barrow and the landscape in which it was constructed.
This is one of a number of barrows which survive in Brighstone Forest.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
'Proceedings of the I.O.W. Nat History and Archaeological Soc' in Proceedings of the I.O.W. Nat History and Archaeological Society, , Vol. 3, (1940), 205

Source: Historic England

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