Two bowl barrows 110m north-east of Heatherdown


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010619

Date first listed: 05-Dec-1960

Date of most recent amendment: 17-Jan-1992


Ordnance survey map of Two bowl barrows 110m north-east of Heatherdown
© Crown Copyright and database right 2018. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2018. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1010619 .pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 20-Nov-2018 at 16:03:12.


The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Totland

National Grid Reference: SZ 31509 85704


Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

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 protection.

Despite partial excavation in 1931/2, the Heatherdown barrows survive comparatively well and have potential for the recovery of archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the period in which the monument was constructed.


Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.


The monument includes two bowl barrows aligned NE-SW and set on a gentle south-facing slope between two prominent ridges, Headon Hill and West High Down. The northern barrow mound is 25m in diameter and 2m high. It was partially excavated by W.H.Trinder in 1931/2, finds included charcoal and flint tools. Some 5m to the south is a further barrow mound 18m in diameter and 2m high. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch surrounds the mounds from which material was quarried during construction of the barrows. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature c.3m wide.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 12335

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
'PROC OF THE ISLE OF WIGHT NATURAL HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY SOC' in Proceedings of the Isle of Wight Natural History and Archaelogical Society, (1940)

End of official listing