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Emma's Grove

Round Barrow(s)


Info about the site from "Gloucestershire Barrows" - H. O'Neil and L.V.Grinsell (1960) Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Arch. Soc., listing three barrows, the largest of which, based on 1959 measurements, is 12ft high from W, 6ft high from E. On top is a hollow 10 yards diameter and 3.5 ft deep. The mound is surrounded by a ditch 11ft wide and 3.5 ft deep and there are slight indications of an outer bank.

In 1981, W.L. Cox ("Prehistoric and Roman Sites of the Cheltenham area" (1981 2nd ed)) recorded the site as:

"One large round barrow and the remains of a small one, the latter being difficult to see SW of the former. They are situated in a small plantation alongside the B4070 from the Air Balloon to Birdlip and opposite the entrance to the car park of the Inn. The large mound is taller (12ft) from the west, than the east (6ft), owing to the slope of the ground.

Without investigation it is difficult to date these mounds but the siting below the ridge would suggest a Bronze Age date 3000 years old"

In 1987, a "clandestine hole" was dug into the largest barrow, revealing a "limestone cairn structure" (Gloucestershire Barrows: supplement 1961 - 1988" - T.C.Darvill and L.V. Grinsell (1989) Trans of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Arch. Soc.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
7th January 2009ce

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