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  West Kennett Longbarrow
by clairegeordio

There are approximately 200 longbarrows in Great Britain. They were generally built as communal graves.
West Kennet Longbarrow is situated 1 1/2 miles from Avebury. It is over 100m long and is one of Britain?s longest chambered long barrows. Excavations in 1859 and 1955-56 discovered 46 burials of all ages. The construction commenced in 3600 BC and it was in use for about 1000 years. It is now covered with turf but originally it would have had bare chalk sides.
There are great views of Silbury Hill from on top of the mound. Admission is free. This is my husband standing at the entrance way.

Directions: Directions – along footpath off A4 between Marlborough and Beckhampton.

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  • Updated Jan 15, 2006
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