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Bowl barrow 110m north west of sea mark, forming part of a Bronze Age round barrow cemetery on Ashey Down

A Scheduled Monument in Havenstreet and Ashey, Isle of Wight

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Latitude: 50.6856 / 50°41'8"N

Longitude: -1.1891 / 1°11'20"W

OS Eastings: 457383.792379

OS Northings: 87640.636752

OS Grid: SZ573876

Mapcode National: GBR 9D0.S8M

Mapcode Global: FRA 87D8.8LL

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 110m north west of sea mark, forming part of a Bronze Age round barrow cemetery on Ashey Down

Scheduled Date: 23 October 1967

Last Amended: 22 November 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012751

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22053

County: Isle of Wight

Civil Parish: Havenstreet and Ashey

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Isle of Wight

Church of England Parish: Swanmore St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth


The monument includes a bowl barrow on the slope of a north west facing
hillside just below the crest of the hill, on the central upper chalk ridge of
the Isle of Wight. The barrow forms part of a wider cemetery on Ashey Down
which includes 19 barrows.

The barrow has a mound which measures 16m in diameter and is 0.4m high.
Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during its
construction. This ditch has become infilled over the years and can no longer
be seen at ground level, but survives as a buried feature c.3m wide.
The barrow was partially excavated by B Barrow in 1853.

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

Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They comprise
closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds
covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a
considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as
a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit
considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including
several different types of round barrow, occasionally associated with earlier
long barrows. Where large scale investigation has been undertaken around them,
contemporary or later "flat" burials between the barrow mounds have often been
revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland Britain, with a
marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases, they are clustered around other
important contemporary monuments such as henges. Often occupying prominent
locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, whilst
their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving or partly-surviving examples are
considered worthy of protection.

Despite having been disturbed by cultivation and partially excavated, the bowl
barrow 110m north west of the sea mark is integral to the Ashey Down cemetery
and will contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to
the cemetery and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Barrow, B, 'Journal of the British Archaeological Association' in Journal of the British Archaeological Association, , Vol. 10, (1855), 162ff
Drewett, P L, 'Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club' in Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club, , Vol. 27, (1970), 55-56

Source: Historic England

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