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Bowl barrow 390m east of Eaglehead Copse, forming part of a Bronze Age barrow cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Brading, Isle of Wight

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Latitude: 50.6848 / 50°41'5"N

Longitude: -1.1741 / 1°10'26"W

OS Eastings: 458440.13807

OS Northings: 87559.816498

OS Grid: SZ584875

Mapcode National: GBR 9D0.XNJ

Mapcode Global: FRA 87F8.GDC

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 390m east of Eaglehead Copse, forming part of a Bronze Age barrow cemetery

Scheduled Date: 23 October 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012759

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22045

County: Isle of Wight

Civil Parish: Brading

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Isle of Wight

Church of England Parish: Brading St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth


The monument includes a bowl barrow on a north facing slope just below the
crest of the hill. The barrow lies on a ridge which runs east-west. This is
one of an original 17 barrows which made up the Middle West Down cemetery.
Five of these barrows are visible as earthworks.
This barrow has a mound which measures 17m in diameter and is 0.4m high.
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.2m wide, visible on
aerial photographs.

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 reduced by cultivation, the bowl barrow 390m east of
Eaglehead Copse is integral to the Middle West 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


CUC 1977/SZ5887-NN-15, 17/AP file,
DJT 1979/SZ5887-NN-11,5, 12/AP file,
NMR 1976/SZ5887-NN-14, 18/AP file,

Source: Historic England

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