Belas Knap Long Barrow
This evening, I am providing information on Belas Knap, a prehistoric Long Barrow dating from the early Neolithic period and which is around 5500 years old.
Facts and information:
- Located near the small town of Winchcombe in the English Cotswolds.
- Access entails an approximate 20 min climb via a rough track up Cleeve Hill.
- The barrow is of a type known as a Cotswold Severn Cairn. Similar extant examples can be found along the Severn Valley.
- Excavations have occurred over the period 1863-1963.
- Comprises an elaborate false entrance with four burial chambers. The latter were formed of upright stone slabs linked by dry-stone walling.
- Remains of thirty-eight people have been found within the four chambers. Analysis reveals deaths occurred around 3700-3600 BC.
- The site is seventy miles due north of Stonehenge.Belas Knap is at 1,97 degrees W whilst Stonehenge is 1.82 degrees W.