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|Description ||A fine example of a square barrow. A visit to the site is a must to appreciate its outline and surrounding ditch.|
|How strange! Am I right in believing that square barrows are only found in Yorkshire and Denmark? What age would you say this one is? |
|There are one or two not in those areas but not many. Here is a quote from the EH record:
Square barrows are funerary monuments of the Middle Iron Age, most examples
dating from the period between c.500 BC and c.50 BC. The majority of these
monuments are found in the area between the River Humber and the southern
slopes of the North Yorkshire Moors but a wider distribution has also been
identified, principally through aerial photography, spreading through the
river valleys of the Midlands and south Essex. Around 200 square barrow
cemeteries have been recorded; in addition, a further 250 sites consisting of
single barrows or small groups of barrows have been identified.|
|South Essex? - I must take a look, but so much is ploughed out down here that you can only see barrows, henges (we have 11 in Essex!) and settlements as crop marks from the air.|
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