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Bowl barrow in Coombe Plantation on Chessell Down: 830m north west of Longstone Cottage

A Scheduled Monument in Brighstone, Isle of Wight

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.663 / 50°39'46"N

Longitude: -1.4315 / 1°25'53"W

OS Eastings: 440276.219113

OS Northings: 84963.90439

OS Grid: SZ402849

Mapcode National: GBR 79D.BX9

Mapcode Global: FRA 77WB.444

Entry Name: Bowl barrow in Coombe Plantation on Chessell Down: 830m north west of Longstone Cottage

Scheduled Date: 11 July 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010716

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21986

County: Isle of Wight

Civil Parish: Brighstone

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Isle of Wight

Church of England Parish: Shalfleet St Michael the Archangel

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow set on a north west facing slope above Pay
Down.
The barrow has a mound 9m in diameter and 1.25m high surrounded by a ditch
from which material was quarried during its construction. This has become
partly infilled over the years but can still be seen as a depression 2.5m wide
and 0.5m deep.

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.

The bowl barrow in Coombe Plantation survives comparatively 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 several
barrows which survive along the chalk ridge near Mottistone Down.

Source: Historic England

Sources

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), 182-203

Source: Historic England

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