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The most interesting of the sites to explore I think, this one has four side chambers similar in the style, if not size to West Kennett Long Barrow. You have to almost lie down to see the unique carving of a stylised face - 'the Guardian of the tomb', thought to be prehistoric in origin, possibly an original feature of the tomb! I think the goatee beard was added in charcoal by trendy music fans. The recently installed spotlights help a lot to make it visible. If you only go to one site this should be it.
NEW: Contrast enhanced version of the head carving. It's 'certainly an original feature of the tomb' (Ian Kinnes - Les Fouaillages booklet). I have better photos of this, and a video but no way to scan them at the moment. There's a remarkable similarity to the carved head Terence Meaden has discovered at Stonenhenge (BBC News Report)
Look at the strong forehead or eyebrows. I think this strengthens Aubrey Burl's argument that visitore or settlers from Brittany (NW France) had a hand in the construction of Stonehenge It also strengthens Meaden's head theory. What do you think?
Access: Perry's guide map square 7H4
Rating: General Impression 3, Ambience 3, Access 5
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