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Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Long Barrow

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Lara Unger dug at Crickley in 1993 and she has very kindly sent me her photographs from that season. Here is a beautiful shot of the long barrow taken during the walk between Ullenwood and the site.

Witts' Handbook of Gloucestershire contains the following entry:

"No. 11. — Crippetts Barrow

This fine tumulus is a conspicuous object on Shurdington Hill, •three miles south of Cheltenham, and three quarters of a mile north-east of the Crickley Hill Camp. The position affords extensive views over the vale of Gloucester. The barrow is •189 feet long, its greatest width being 100 feet, and greatest height 20 feet. Its direction is nearly east and west, the highest position lying towards the east. Many years ago the tenant of the land began to move away part of the earth at the southern extremity, and in doing so uncovered a cromlech, in which was found a skeleton and several articles of which no satisfactory account can now be obtained. The ground in which the tumulus stands is still called the "Barrow Piece." It has never been thoroughly examined, though it has been carefully protected by placing a fence round it — a good example which might be followed in many other cases. There are two round barrows in the same field.

See "Journal of Archaeological Association," vol. III, p64.

Also "Celt, Roman, and Saxon," 1875, p74.

See "Anthropological Review," vol. III, pp66 and 71.

Also "Archaeologia," vol. XLII, p201. "

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