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Ashen Hill Barrows

Barrow / Cairn Cemetery


All these eight barrows were investigated by the Reverend John Skinner in 1815, and all barrows produced one or more cremations. Some of these contained Early Bronze age urns and were covered with stone slabs (similar to Lansdown barrows cemetery). Three barrows had bronze daggers, one in a wooden sheaf. One barrow contained a rich burial which included beads and other objects of amber (maybe faience) and a miniature incense cup. There are a further two, much larger barrows, located north of the main cemetery.

Taken from;
British Barrows (A Matter of Life and Death) by Ann Woodward.
moss Posted by moss
22nd August 2006ce

Comments (4)

> covered with stone slabs

Could this be further evidence of cultural links between mendip and Dorset? I'm thinking of the potential bank barrow at Pen Hill...
juamei Posted by juamei
18th February 2010ce
Juamei this requires a whole long answer ;) after having looked up Jodie Lewis on it; but to summarise given that it maybe a bank barrow (only 10 exist in England) because of its orientation, it seems to be a two phased operation, she goes on to say that "bank barrows/cursus monuments are known to exhibit these characteristics (slight change of orientation); the Dorset cursus is an example.. the alignment of the Pen Hill mound on nearby St.Cuthberts Out long barrow only 50 m. west, might also support a neolithic date...
The whole Mendip landscape is just full of stuff, and the Ashill and Nine barrow sites so close together of course, plus of course Priddy circles surely says this was an area brimming with prehistory at one time.. you lucky creature for living so near!

And of course there is that mention of the family group (bronze age) from the Mendips interred in a shaft on Martin Green's farm on Cranbourne Chase....
moss Posted by moss
19th February 2010ce
I have spent several hours up there over the last few days, just getting to grips with the undulations of the landscape and the enormous number of barrows. Of course the whole thing is covered in lead mines, dating to well before the roman forts which jealously guard them.

I read the other day that mendip lead was used to build the temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. So maybe Jesus did come with his uncle to get some tin from cornwall and popped up to get lead from mendip at the same time.

I really must get hold of Jodie Lewis' stuff about mendip, she is the expert now after all!

Fascinating stuff about the family, I guess thats in Martin's book which I have read but my memory is like a sieve...
juamei Posted by juamei
21st February 2010ce
There is also by the way a barrow just outside the church at Priddy, which happens to be uphill from the village green, which probably puts it into 'interesting churches near to a pagan site' ;) .
Could well be that Jesus and his uncle Joseph did make it to the Mendips; they have a pewter mould at Bath museum, though not sure what pewter is made of?

edit; tin of course; god bless wikipedia for being the 'fount of all knowledge'
moss Posted by moss
22nd February 2010ce
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