A Brief Introduction to Bronze Age Barrows

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Round barrows were created in every part of England, mainly between 2200BC and 1100BC, but many have been destroyed. They can be identified as round mounds, often surrounded by a ‘ring ditch’ from which the earth and stone for the mound was dug.

There are many famous groups of Bronze Age barrows within the Stonehenge World Heritage Site (WHS). The Stonehenge WHS Landscape Project was able to reconstruct the history of the barrows by combining a new survey of the surviving mounds with antiquarian, aerial photographic, geophysical and excavated evidence.

An illustrated reconstruction of a burial within a round barrow, around 1900 BC, during the Early Bronze Age © Peter Lorimer A digital reconstruction of a burial within a round barrow at Normanton Down in Wiltshire, around 1900 BC during the Early Bronze Age © Peter Lorimer

This research helps us understand how and why barrows were constructed. They were burial places but were also used by the living for carrying out the many rituals that cemented the relationships of their…

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