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Coberley long barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Coberley, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.8393 / 51°50'21"N

Longitude: -2.0663 / 2°3'58"W

OS Eastings: 395530.430341

OS Northings: 215636.594583

OS Grid: SO955156

Mapcode National: GBR 2MY.LFH

Mapcode Global: VHB23.41H9

Entry Name: Coberley long barrow

Scheduled Date: 12 August 1948

Last Amended: 9 September 2013

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002129

English Heritage Legacy ID: GC 7

County: Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Coberley

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Coberley St Giles

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester


A Neolithic funerary monument dating to 3800 - 2400 BC.

Source: Historic England


This monument includes a long barrow situated on the east facing slopes of a ridge overlooking the confluence of two tributaries of the River Churn. The barrow survives as a rectangular mound of uneven profile which measures up to 38m long, 12m wide and 3.2m high, with its side ditches preserved as entirely buried features. Partial early excavations allegedly produced the skeleton of a small male.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

The Coberley long barrow is scheduled for the following principal reasons:

* Survival: the barrow survives comparatively well and is likely to contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, social organisation and funerary/ritual practices. There is a presumption in favour of scheduling when long barrows survive to any substantive degree, as is the case here;
* Potential: despite early excavations the barrow has the potential to yield further information using modern techniques.
* Date/Rarity: long barrows can generally be assigned to the earlier part of the Neolithic timescale, being the earliest of the barrow types and are rare nationally.

Source: Historic England


Introduction to Heritage Assets: Prehistoric Barrows and Burial Mounds, English Heritage, May 2011,

Source: Historic England

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