West Kennet Long Barrow is thought to have been constructed in at least two phases. It is believed to have been used for multiple burials over a period of time–maybe up to a thousand years–with archaeologists finding human remains of at least 46 male and female individuals, along with burial goods including pottery and a dagger. There’s some evidence to suggest that their skulls and leg bones were taken elsewhere... but where, and why, remains a mystery.
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West Kennet Long Barrow is a Neolithic chambered tomb located near the ancient village of Avebury in Wiltshire. It was built around 3650BC and is one of the largest and best preserved Neolithic burial monuments in England. The barrow is over 100 metres in length and comprises multiple burial chambers arranged in a slight arc.
The barrow was sealed up around 2000BC and the main entrance blocked with large boulders of sarsen stone, a type of rock which is found locally on Salisbury Plain.
The site is open to visitors and is managed by The National Trust on behalf of English Heritage. Entering the tomb really does make you feel you are stepping back into ancient times.