Stoney Littleton Long Barrow

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Coordinates: 51°18′48″N 2°22′53″W / 51.3133°N 2.3813°W / 51.3133; -2.3813

Stoney Littleton Long Barrow
a grassy knoll, the top of which is surrounded by a stone retaining wall
Location of Stoney Littleton Long Barrow within Somerset
Location of Stoney Littleton Long Barrow within Somerset
Shown within Somerset
Location near Wellow and Bath
Region Somerset, England
Coordinates 51°18′48″N 2°22′53″W / 51.3133°N 2.3813°W / 51.3133; -2.3813
Type Chambered Cairn
History
Periods Neolithic
Site notes
Condition intact
Public access yes
Website reference Megalithic Portal

The Stoney Littleton Long Barrow (also known as Bath Tumulus and the Wellow Tumulus) is a Neolithic chambered tomb with multiple burial chambers, located near the village of Wellow, Somerset.[1] It is an example of the Severn-Cotswold tomb.[2]

The barrow is about 30 metres (98 ft) in length and 15 metres (49 ft) wide at the south-east end, it stands nearly 3 metres (10 ft) high.[3] Internally it consists of a 12.8 metres (42 ft) long gallery with three pairs of side chambers and an end chamber. There is a fossil ammonite decorating the left-hand doorjamb.

The site was excavated by John Skinner in 1816-17 who gained the entry through a hole originally made about 1760. The excavation revealed the bones (some burned) of several individuals.[4]

The site was restored in 1858 by Mr T. R. Joliffe, the Lord of the Hundred and an information board has now been provided by English Heritage.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scott, Shane (1995). The hidden places of Somerset. Aldermaston: Travel Publishing Ltd. p. 16. ISBN 1-902007-01-8. 
  2. ^ Dunn, Richard (2004). Nempnett Thrubwell:Barrows, Names and Manors. Nempnett Books. pp. 33–62. ISBN 0-9548614-0-X. 
  3. ^ "Stoney Littleton Long Barrow". Scheduled Monument Record. Bath and North East Somerset. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Stoney Littleton". Stones of England. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 

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