View Full Version : Wiltshire Neolithic Long Barrow Burial Mound to be Excavated

13-07-17, 17:31
These may be the ancestors of the people who built Stonehenge.


"A ‘HOUSE OF THE DEAD’ HAS BEEN DISCOVERED IN WILTSHIRE DATING BACK 5,000 YEARS BY UNIVERSITY OF READING ARCHAEOLOGISTS AND STUDENTS, AND COULD CONTAIN THE ANCESTORS OF THOSE WHO LIVED AROUND STONEHENGE AND AVEBURY.As part of the University’s final Archaeology Field School in the Pewsey Vale, students and staff, with the support of volunteers from the area, have investigated the site of a Neolithic long barrow burial mound in a place known as Cat’s Brain – the first to be fully investigated in Wiltshire in half a century.
The monument, which predates nearby Marden Henge by over 1,000 years, may contain human remains buried there in around 3,600 BC. The monument was first spotted by aerial photography and followed up by geophysical survey imagery."

"The Cat’s Brain long barrow, found in the middle of a farmer’s field halfway between the iconic prehistoric monuments of Avebury and Stonehenge, consists of two ditches flanking what appears to be a central building. This may have been covered with a mound made of the earth dug from the ditches, but has been ploughed flat over many centuries."

Amazing what they can discover with new technology.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/content/dam/science/2017/07/11/DJI_0015-xlarge_trans_NvBQzQNjv4BqEDjTm7JpzhSGR1_8ApEWQA1vL vhkMtVb21dMmpQBfEs.jpg

This is what it would have looked like originally.

The inside will look something like this.

A deliciously eccentric Wiltshire farmer has decided to revive the custom and has built a modern Long Barrow. Local people have already reserved slots for their remains. This is the kind of thing I love about the English. :)


13-07-17, 18:45
Great reconstruction! Now I want to visit it.

13-07-17, 20:36
Hope they find some testable DNA.