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Fussell's Lodge

Long Barrow

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Nearest Town:Salisbury (6km SW)
OS Ref (GB):   SU192325 / Sheet: 184
Latitude:51° 5' 27.3" N
Longitude:   1° 43' 32.93" W

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I visited the site of the now disappeared Longbarrow about 5 years ago. It is referenced on the Salisbury OS map.
I rarely see any internet posts regarding it's proximity to Figsbury Rings, though I am as blind as a post. It's approx 1/3 mile from Figsbury and in site of.
This suggests to me that Figsbury has a Neolithic precedent, as the Longbarrow is dated 4000 BCE.
Also, of interest, is that Clearbury Ring is visible from the barrow site.
TheDazman Posted by TheDazman
30th August 2012ce

The following extract taken from Paul Ashbee's "Barrows, Cairns and a few imposters" highlights an interesting longbarrow with a mortuary enclosure. There seemed to be no evidence of any timber remains under the barrow itself amongst the flints when it was excavated, but that 'the flints remained in a roughly ridged form'.
The collapse of the barrow on itself, timbers decaying over time, had forced out 'stacked long bones'; skulls were also found in an 'exploded' condition. The barrows length was 135 feet.

"What did barrows look like when first raised? At Fussell's Lodge long barrow, near Salisbury, the discovery of post-holes in a lengthy, trapezoidal structure showed that initially there had been a structure resembling a Neolithic long house of the type found widely on the Continent. Subsequent long barrow excavations showed that this formula was widely followed. These surrogate long houses contained deposits of human bone that were added to and subtracted from, for more than a millennium, and rites pertaining to ancestors and fertility were no doubt performed. Long barrows, the long houses of the dead, should be regarded as shrines rather than mausolea."

The 'long houses of the dead' are explored by Richard Bradley in his book 'The Significance of Monuments'.
moss Posted by moss
9th February 2009ce
Edited 9th February 2009ce