Stoney Littleton Long Barrow door
Stoney Littleton Long Barrow above

Stoney Littleton Long Barrow

...a fine example of an accessible Neolithic chambered tomb with multiple burial chambers

In an area that has probably been farmed since the Neolithic times when it was built, this ancient long barrow provides a truly magnificent look back into the ways and beliefs of those people.

The long barrow is thought to date from about 3500 BC and measures about 30 meters long, ranges from around 15 meters wide at the entrance to 8 meters at the far end and from about 1 to 1.8 meters high.
It is fairly typical of long barrow design with the entrance leading into a vestibule. This leads into a 12 meter long gallery of dry stone walls fronted by upright slabs all covered by overlapping stones and a covering of small slabs.
From the gallery lead three sets of paired chambers in which human remains, some burned, were said to have been found during an excavation in 1816-17. The only unusual feature here is a seventh chamber at the end of the gallery.
The site is owned by English Heritage and is a very interesting view back in time and is definitely worth a visit.
Other attractions in the area:
Prior Park
Iford Manor
Hinton Priory
Radstock Museum
Claverton Manor
Claverton Pumping Station

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015