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Cold Aston long barrow 200yds (180m) east of Camp Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Cold Aston, Gloucestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8842 / 51°53'3"N

Longitude: -1.793 / 1°47'34"W

OS Eastings: 414344.580538

OS Northings: 220644.974558

OS Grid: SP143206

Mapcode National: GBR 4QC.X2W

Mapcode Global: VHB1V.VWZY

Entry Name: Cold Aston long barrow 200yds (180m) E of Camp Farm

Scheduled Date: 30 August 1922

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1003314

English Heritage Legacy ID: GC 8

County: Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Cold Aston

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Cold Aston St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

Summary

Long barrow 250m east Camp Farm.

Source: Historic England

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 7 July 2015. The record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

This monument includes a long barrow situated on the summit of a broad ridge overlooking the valley of the River Windrush. The long barrow survives as a rectangular mound measuring up to 36.5m long, 14.6m wide and 2.1m high although soil and crop marks visible on aerial photographs suggest it might have been longer and some of the mound and certainly its buried side ditches are preserved as entirely buried features.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Long barrows were constructed as earthen or drystone mounds with flanking ditches and acted as funerary monuments during the Early and Middle Neolithic periods (3400-2400 BC). They represent the burial places of Britain's early farming communities and, as such, are amongst the oldest field monuments surviving visibly in the present landscape. Where investigated, long barrows appear to have been used for communal burial, often with only parts of the human remains having been selected for interment. Certain sites provide evidence for several phases of funerary monument preceding the barrow and, consequently, it is probable that long barrows acted as important ritual sites for local communities over a considerable period of time. Some 500 examples of long barrows and long cairns, their counterparts in the uplands, are recorded nationally. As one of the few types of Neolithic structure to survive as earthworks, and due to their comparative rarity, their considerable age and their longevity as a monument type, all long barrows are considered to be nationally important.

The long barrow 250m east of Camp Farm survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, territorial significance, social organisation, funerary and ritual practices and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England

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Source: Historic England

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