Neolithic Chambered Long Barrow
West of Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire OS Map Ref SP096212
OS Maps - Landranger 163 (Cheltenham & Cirencester), Explorer OL45 (The Cotswolds)
remains to be seen at this site but an earthen mound, it has however been extensively
excavated in its time (firstly in 1881, then again between 1934-35 - see black and white photo left) before being grassed over
in recent years.
Originally a circular structure containing a stone cist within which remains of an old man were placed was built on the site, with the bones of a young women placed on top of the mound.
Later a chambered long barrow aligned east to west was constructed on top of this mound, standing around 48 metres long and 24 metres wide with a surrounding drystone wall. At the east was a curved forecourt with a narrow passage leading to an anti-chamber and two pairs of side chambers and a final end chamber in the same style as found as Nympsfield barrow. The remains of at least six adults, as well as three children, a newborn baby and many animal bones were found within these chambers. A further two sets of remains were found within the forecourt along with evidence of fires.
This site is one of many that has a treasure legend attached to it, in this case it is said that the barrow contains a golden coffin.
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