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Nempnett Thrubwell

Long Barrow


The Reverend John Collinson wrote the following in his 'History and Antiquities of the County of Somerset' in the 1780s - without him what record would we have of the site in its better days?
"This place.. has been variously written as Nimet, Nempnett, Nemlet, Emmet, and Emet.."
(It has been suggested that the name is from the Roman? Celtic? 'nemeton' - sacred grove).
"..a small distance eastward from the church stands a large tumulus 50 yds in length, 20 in breadth and 15 in height, and covered on its top with ash trees, briars and thick shrubs. On opening it some time ago its composition throughout was found to be a mass of stones supported on each side lengthwise by a wall of thin flakes. The distance between the two walls is about 8 ft and the intermediate space is filled up with two rows of cells, or cavities, formed by very large stones set edgewise.

These cells, the entrance into which is at the south end, run in a direction north to south, and are divided from each other by vast stones placed on their edges, and covered with others still larger by way of architrave.

In one of them were found seven skulls, one quite perfect; in another a vast heap of small human bones and horses' teeth. All the cells are not yet opened.."
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
27th July 2004ce
Edited 21st April 2005ce

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