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Two bowl barrows 180m WNW of Puck House, Fishbourne

A Scheduled Monument in Havenstreet and Ashey, Isle of Wight

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Latitude: 50.7225 / 50°43'21"N

Longitude: -1.2099 / 1°12'35"W

OS Eastings: 455870.241304

OS Northings: 91733.108395

OS Grid: SZ558917

Mapcode National: GBR 9CL.LXQ

Mapcode Global: FRA 87C5.DGR

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows 180m WNW of Puck House, Fishbourne

Scheduled Date: 7 December 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012715

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22036

County: Isle of Wight

Civil Parish: Havenstreet and Ashey

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Isle of Wight

Church of England Parish: Binstead Holy Cross

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth


The monument includes two bowl barrows on the north west side of an elevated
sand and gravel plateau near the north east coast of the Isle of Wight with
views to the north over the Solent.
The barrows, which are aligned north west-south east, have mounds which
measure 35m and 45m in diameter and are c.1.25m and 0.5m high respectively.
Surrounding each mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during its
construction. These ditches have become infilled over the years and can no
longer be seen at ground level, but survive as buried features c.5m wide.
Air photographic evidence shows that the ditch of the north western barrow has
a clear break on its northern side. Both barrows have been partially
excavated; the north west barrow in 1992 and the south east barrow in 1985. A
base sherd of Deverel-Rimbury pottery, a flint implement and flint debitage
was recovered from the mound of the north western barrow. The south eastern
barrow produced burnt flint, flint debitage, a flint arrowhead, grooved ware
and grog tempered pottery amongst other finds.

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

The two bowl barrows 180m WNW of Puck House are a rare example on the Isle of
Wight of barrows constructed on a sand subsoil. They are known from partial
excavation to contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence
relating to the barrows and the landscape in which they were constructed.

Source: Historic England


Basford, F., I. O. W. SMR No. 1078,
D. L. M. 23.7.84. AP, (1984)
D. L. M. June 1985 AP, (1985)
Tomalin, Dr. D., I. O. W. SMR No.1533,

Source: Historic England

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