ST8182 : Giant's Cave

taken 3 years ago, near to Badminton, South Gloucestershire, Great Britain

Giant's Cave
Giant's Cave
A leafless view of the chambered long barrow shown a few weeks earlier in ST8182 : The Giant's Caves, near Badminton. The barrow, an ancient monument, is described at LinkExternal link : "the importance of the site is enhanced by the survival of an additional long barrow 150m to the south-east. Such pairs are rare and give an indication of the density or length of time during which some areas were populated in the Neolithic period". Passing the monument is Allengrove Lane.
The Giant's Caves
A long cairn with lateral chambers, excavated by A.D. Passmore in 1932, and by J. Corcoran in 1960-62. Four chambers identified, together with a forecourt and the remains of a blind entrance at the eastern end. The mound was trapezoidal in plan and revetted by dry-stone walling, which can still be seen at the western end. Finds included many flint flakes and a featureless sherd of Neolithic pottery, plus four other sherds. The fourth chamber was found by Corcoran to have been filled with human bones. The barrow was disturbed in Romano-British times, as was evidenced by potsherds and a Roman coin, and its chambers rifled and roofing stones removed by 1660, according to Joshua Childrey and John Aubrey. (Information from “The Giant’s Caves, Luckington (WIL 2)” by J. Corcoran, Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Magazine, Vol. 65, 1970).
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 14 December, 2016   (more nearby)
Monday, 19 December, 2016
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Roads, Road transport  Burial ground, Crematorium 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 8198 8296 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:32.7146N 2:15.6750W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 8195 8288
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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Lane  Roadside Trees  Walls  Pasture  Roadside Verges  Long Barrow  Ancient Monument  Clump of Trees 

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