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SE of Lamborough Banks

Long Barrow


There are actually two long barrows very close to each other here.

Lamborough Banks itself is the northernmost and overlooks a dry valley. It's a 'cotswold-severn' type which had v-shaped horns of drystone walling and a false entrance at the south end. It was excavated in 1854 by Canon Samuel Lysons who also found a stone-lined chamber with a single burial. The site's in rather a dishevelled state now but at least it's in its own walled area.

The other barrow is much shorter and orientated in a different direction. Lysons excavated this one too, and found an unusual circular underground drystone walling chamber. It's in the shape of a beehive and has three stone 'seats', above which are three niches, and the wall is corbelled to an entrance at the top, 2m from the floor. The chamber was backfilled, although apparently the top few courses of stone are still visible. It's an unusual feature in a long barrow, although according to the SMR similar structures have been recorded elsewhere on the Cotswolds.

(details from the smr on MAGIC)
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
15th December 2003ce
Edited 9th March 2011ce

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