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


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012763

Date first listed: 12-Dec-1979

Date of most recent amendment: 20-Nov-1995


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

Parish: Havenstreet and Ashey

National Grid Reference: SZ 57335 87517


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Reasons for Designation

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.


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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 barrows.

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.

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.


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Legacy System number: 22049

Legacy System: RSM


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

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