Bowl barrow on Culver Down

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012716

Date first listed: 12-Sep-1995

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Culver Down
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Location

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

District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Bembridge

National Grid Reference: SZ 63691 85628

Summary

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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.

The bowl barrow on Culver Down survives well and will contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the barrow and the landscape in which it was constructed. This barrow is the only survivor of three barrows which were in this area.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow on a promontory overlooking the sea on the east coast of the Isle of Wight. The barrow has a mound which measures 13m in diameter and is c.1m high. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. This has become partly infilled over the years but can still be seen as a slight depression on the east side of the mound c.2.7m wide. Elsewhere it survives as a buried feature.

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.

Legacy

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Legacy System number: 22037

Legacy System: RSM

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