The Cotswolds represent the quintessential English countryside. Rolling hills and chocolate box villages steeped in local history, irresistible country pubs, village greens and ancient churches.

 

The Cotswolds are also home to a very disctinctive form of prehistoric monument; Cotswold Severn Long Barrows. Many of these Neolithic burial sites remain remarkably intact today, often ignored throughout history, or excavated and reconstructed by nineteenth century antiquarians. This presents excellent opportunities to connect with England's ancient past. For those with more contemporary interests, Roman villas, Anglo Saxon architecture and medieval buildings are aplenty.

We frequently visit Nympsfield with its namesake long barrow exposed from above nicely illustrating its architecture. Just up the road, Uley, sometimes also know as Hetty Pegler's Tump gives a great idea of what it would be like inside these monuments.   

A short walk from the Nympsfield Long barrow is Soldier's Grave, a Bronze Age round barrow, providing a view of changing burial practice between the Neolithic and Bronze Age. 

 

And finally, also close at hand is the fabulous, child and dog friendly Rose and Crown pub. What better place to sit and discuss our prehistoric forebears over a fine pint of local ale, or soft drink. 

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