We’re very proud to bring you a special Guest post by David Taylor. He begins with a quote from Beowulf:
Draca sceal on hlaew, frod, fraetum wlanc. (The dragon shall be in the tumulus, old, rich in treasures.)
He goes on to say:
Hills, mounds and burial sites. Places which have a timeless allure. Such places can be seen and regarded as mythically liminal, a place that it is not a place. A place outside of time. A place where the living freely walk with the dead. Barrows are just such places. Archaeologically speaking, barrows or tumuli are large man made mounds of earth used for internment of the dead in Western Europe.
It is a practice which originated in the Neolithic period (c.4300 – 2000 BC). The word barrow comes from the Old English (Anglo-Saxon) word beorg, which is related to berg, which in turn means ‘mountain'(1).
The Types of Barrows
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