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Round Hill (Roxton)

Round Barrow(s)


Why is it you never notice places on your own doorstep? This is quite close to where I grew up, but I'd never heard of it. The Round Hill is a 'conspicuous local landmark' amongst the agricultural fields according to information on ''. It's said to measure about 21m in diameter, approximately 1.7m, with steep sloping sides and a level summit 10m across. It's apparently close to its original height.

It sounds quite interesting because it's never been excavated, and is really well preserved compared to other sites in the area (in the 1970s five nearby barrows were lost when the land was quarried, they contained burials from 1800BCE)*. Personally I didn't even know there were any barrows visible in this area. The Round Hill is part of a whole complex of sites that flanked the Great Ouse here - the Round Hill is itself quite close to the junction of the Ivel and the Ouse. Although the barrow is on comparatively higher ground, I suppose the floodplain would have been (and is) very fertile land, which would have been attractive to the people who settled here.
In my enthusiasm I really wanted to think those people could have paddled up the river to see their mates at Flag Fen. But of course the river through Peterborough is actually the Nene, and not the Ouse at all. Nice idea though, dimwit.

*details here:
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
8th July 2003ce
Edited 9th August 2010ce

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