Bowl barrow 730m north east of Presford Farm known as `Sheards Barrow'


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015205

Date first listed: 23-Oct-1967

Date of most recent amendment: 10-Jul-1996


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 730m north east of Presford Farm known as `Sheards Barrow'
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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: Gatcombe

District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Shorwell

National Grid Reference: SZ 47323 82728


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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 known as `Sheards Barrow' survives well and is known from part excavation to contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the barrow and the landscape in which it was constructed. The barrow is one of very few on the Isle of Wight which is constructed on Greensand.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow just off the crest and on the south facing side of a Greensand ridge which runs east-west in the central south west part of the Isle of Wight. The barrow has a mound which measures 13.5m east-west and 18m north-south. It is c.1.5m 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 it survives as a buried feature c.3m wide. A fragment of Saxon urn was found on the barrow in the 1930s. In 1931 Morris and Mew partly excavated the mound by trenching and found a cremation burial at the centre. The post and wire fence is excluded from the scheduling, but the ground beneath is included.

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: 22069

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Grinsell, , Sherwin, , 'Proceedings of the I.O.W. Nat History and Archaeological Soc' in Procedings of the I.O.W. Nat History and Archaeological Soc, , Vol. 3, (1940), 182,184
Morey, C, 'Proceedings of the I.O.W. Nat history and Archaeological Society' in Proceedings of the I.O.W. Nat History and Archaeological Society, , Vol. 2, (1931), 142

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