Seven Barrows

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Seven Barrows in 1933, photograph by Major George Allen (1891–1940).
A view of four of the barrows

Seven Barrows, situated just North of Lambourn, Berkshire, England, is a site of a Bronze Age cemetery. Excavators have found that one grave alone contained the cremated remains of 100 individuals dating from 2200 BC. The site lies along the Lambourn to Kingston Lisle road. Despite its name, it actually contains 26 barrows of various types(some sources say over 30). There are bowl barrows, bell barrows, saucer barrows and disc barrows. Lambourn is famous for its 'Seven Barrows', just above Upper Lambourn. There are actually over thirty Bronze Age burial mounds forming a large prehistoric cemetery. On a line to the west of Seven Barrows is the Long Barrow, which dates from c. 4000 BC making it 2,000 years older than the other barrows. Unfortunately it has been half destroyed by deep ploughing and only the mound at in the woods and a few sarsen stones remain.[1] The barrows themselves are low mounds, generally overgrown with grass and cannot be seen from the road due to a hedge.


The site is situated mainly within Ordnance Survey mapping 1 km square grid reference SU 3282


  1. ^ p65, John North, Stonehenge: A New Interpretation of Prehistoric Man and the Cosmos , The Free Press, 2007

Coordinates: 51°32′38″N 1°31′37″W / 51.544°N 1.527°W / 51.544; -1.527