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Long barrow 300m north-east of Albany Place

A Scheduled Monument in Sherrington, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.1519 / 51°9'6"N

Longitude: -2.0461 / 2°2'45"W

OS Eastings: 396871.8835

OS Northings: 139179.004

OS Grid: ST968391

Mapcode National: GBR 2X8.RJ3

Mapcode Global: VHB5D.H95T

Entry Name: Long barrow 300m north-east of Albany Place

Scheduled Date: 26 June 1924

Last Amended: 17 January 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012494

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12344

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Sherrington

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Sherrington St Cosmo and St Damian

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a long barrow set on a floodplain 90m south of the River
Wylye. Like other long barrows in the area the barrow mound is ovate and
orientated on the same alignment as the river, in this case ENE-WSW. The
barrow mound is 30m long, 15m wide and stands to a height of c.4m. The site
was partially excavated by Cunnington towards the end of the 19th century.
Finds included a layer of charred wood and ashes as well as a cist or stone
box 0.7m in diameter containing an ox head and small deer antler. Although no
longer visible at ground level, ditches from which material was quarried
during construction of the monument, flank the NE and SW sides of the mound.
These have become infilled over the years but survive as buried features c.5m

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

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 long
barrows are recorded in England. 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 180 long barrows of Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset form the densest and
one of the most significant concentrations of monuments of this type in the
country. Despite partial excavation in the 19th century, the Albany Place
long barrow survives comparatively well and has potential for the recovery of
archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the period in
which the monument was constructed. The importance of the site is enhanced by
the fact that other long barrows survive in the area giving an indication of
the scale and intensity with which the area was occupied during the Neolithic

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
'Wiltshire Archaeological Magazine' in Wiltshire Archaeological Magazine: Volume No 38, , Vol. No 38, (), 412-4

Source: Historic England

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