Neolithic Chambered Long Barrow
South of Avebury, Wiltshire OS Map Ref SU104677
OS Maps - Landranger 173 (Swindon & Devizes), Explorer 157 (Marlborough & Savernake Forest)
View of West Kennett facade from the north east
Standing a short distance
from Silbury Hill, this is one of the
long barrows in Britain. The entrance is over 3 metres high and tapers over
100 metres to the western end. This eastern facing entrance is guarded by huge
slabs behind which there is a small open area. From here it is possible to walk
into the 2.3 high metre passage and the four chambers, two on either side that
are roofed by large capstones.
Once inside all sound from the outside world is excluded, leaving the visitor
to ponder what it must have been like to spend eternity in such damp silent tomb.
Bones were taken from the site by a doctor during the 17th century, and during
1956 46 bodies were found scattered in the side chambers, many of which had suffered
bone diseases or abnormalities. It is thought that the tomb was used for about
1000 years before being filled sometime around 2000BC with earth, stones, bone
tools, broken pottery and beads and the entrance blocked by the giant sarsen slabs.
View into the
entrance of the tomb
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