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Lad Barrow long barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Aldsworth, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.786 / 51°47'9"N

Longitude: -1.761 / 1°45'39"W

OS Eastings: 416584.419382

OS Northings: 209730.234384

OS Grid: SP165097

Mapcode National: GBR 4RK.ZJN

Mapcode Global: VHB2G.FCDQ

Entry Name: Lad Barrow long barrow

Scheduled Date: 9 October 1981

Last Amended: 29 April 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018162

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29785

County: Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Aldsworth

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Aldsworth St Bartholomew

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester


The monument includes a long barrow situated on a gentle west facing slope
below the crest of a spur. The barrow is orientated east-west but has been
much distorted by previous cultivation and now appears almost circular in
plan. The mound is 40m long and 34m wide at the centre where it reaches a
maximum height of 0.7m. Although no longer visible on the surface, quarry
ditches will flank either side of the mound and will survive as buried
features 3m wide. Early reports record two earthfast stones at the east end
of the mound which may have formed part of a terminal chamber or blind
entrance, but these are no longer visible.

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 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.

Despite erosion from past cultivation, Lad Barrow long barrow will contain
archaeological information about Neolithic beliefs, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England

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