Windmill Tump Long Barrow
Type:English Heritage Property
This barrow, also known as Rodmarton Long Barrow, is of early Neolithic date (4000–3500 BC).It seems that the site was used for burials well after the Neolithic period, as Roman pottery and coins of Claudius Gothicus (AD 168–70) have been found.
Set on a gentle slope immediately below the crest of a ridge, the chambered long barrow is trapezoidal in plan and measures 187 feet (57 metres) by 89 feet (27 metres). The mound is made up of small stones to a height of 9 feet (2.75 metres) and was originally flanked by ditches where the material to construct the barrow had been quarried.
At the eastern end of the mound there is a forecourt flanked by two projections and a so-called false entrance consisting of two standing stones and a stone lintel, blocked by a slab. This entrance seems to have been constructed at the same time as the forecourt with which it is associated but it does not provide any access into the monument.
There are at least three stone-lined chambers and the northern one was where the skeletons were discovered.
The southern chamber is approached by an entrance from the side of the mound via a short passage. Animal bones and human remains have been recovered from this chamber. The barrow is a fine example of the Cotswold Severn type
|2023 (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)|
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* Free admission. Open any reasonable time during daylight hours.
From the crossroads in the centre of Rodmarton, follow the sign for Hazelton. Park in the layby approximately half a mile along Oathill Lane. To reach the barrow from the layby, look for the signpost and walk 250 metres along the field edge.