Bowl barrow in Brighstone Forest west of Gallibury Fields: 1.57km ESE of Gottenleaze Cottages
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1007786
Date first listed: 20-Nov-1967
Date of most recent amendment: 08-Jul-1994
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference: SZ 43755 85074
Reasons for Designation
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 bowl barrow in Brighstone Forest survives well and is known from partial excavation to contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the barrow and the landscape in which it was constructed. This is one of a number of barrows which survive in Brighstone Forest.
The monument includes one of a group of three bowl barrows set on a high
plateau above Cheverton Down.
The barrow includes a mound which has a diameter of 11m and is 1.1m 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.
The barrow was opened by Hillier in the 19th century who found a cremation in the centre of the mound surmounted by a thick plank of wood.
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.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: 21992
Legacy System: RSM
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), 205,182
This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing