Nympsfield Long Barrow

Coaley Peak, Coaley, Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11 5AU

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Nympsfield Long Barrow stands high on the Cotswold scarp near Frocester, with spectacular views over the Severn Valley. Constructed in the Neolithic period, it has long been the subject of local legends.

Excavations were carried out by Professor Buckman in 1862, Mrs Clifford in 1937 and in 1974, when the barrow was redisplayed following further work by Alan Saville.

The remains of at least thirteen human skeletons, as well as Neolithic pottery, have been recovered during excavations. These included a skeleton of a child that was enclosed in a stone cist or coffin in the northern burial chamber.

The excavations also found later Neolithic pottery within the blocking of the entrance to the burial chamber, suggesting that the gallery was closed before the end of the Neolithic period.

Coaley Peak is an excellent spot to enjoy a picnic, with plenty of tables and seating. Take a leisurely stroll around the Woodland Trust's beech wood, or walk a mile down the Cotswold Way to visit Uley Long Barrow, another fine example of a Neolithic chambered mound.

Dogs on leads are welcome.


Nympsfield Long Barrow
Nympsfield Long Barrow
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