West Kennet Long Barrow

West Kennet Long Barrow

West Kennet Long Barrow is a Neolithic long barrow dating to 5,650 years ago. With it's large facade and long chalk barrow it is a striking monument, you can also go into the tomb and explore the chambers within.

A Neolithic tomb

West Kennet Long Barrow was built 5,650 years ago and was used for around 1,000 years.  It contained the remains of at least 46 people mostly in the form of skeletal material and cremated remains.  Grave goods included pottery, beads and stone tools including a dagger.

The tomb is around 100m long but chambers within it only stretch a few metres from the entrance with the remainder of the tomb being made of solid chalk.  The entrance is fronted by large sarsen stones creating an impressive facade to the front.  Inside is a 13m passage with four lateral chambers and one end chamber.  These chambers are where the remains of the people were contained.

Over the winter of 2015/2016 access to the inside of the tomb will be limited as working is being undertaken to repair it.