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Two bowl barrows 130m south west of sea mark, forming part of a Bronze age round barrow cemtery on Ashey Down

A Scheduled Monument in Havenstreet and Ashey, Isle of Wight

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Latitude: 50.6845 / 50°41'4"N

Longitude: -1.1898 / 1°11'23"W

OS Eastings: 457334.271704

OS Northings: 87517.178444

OS Grid: SZ573875

Mapcode National: GBR 9D0.S2K

Mapcode Global: FRA 87D8.G96

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows 130m south west of sea mark, forming part of a Bronze age round barrow cemtery on Ashey Down

Scheduled Date: 12 December 1979

Last Amended: 20 November 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012763

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22049

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 two bowl barrows on the south west side of a hilltop
just below the crest, on the central upper chalk ridge of the Isle of Wight.
The barrows form part of a wider cemetery on Ashey Down which includes 19

The barrows, which are aligned north east-south west, have mounds which
measure 14.5m and 10m in diameter and are 0.4m and 0.25m 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.2m wide.
The two barrows in this group were 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 two
bowl barrows 130m south west of the sea mark are 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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