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Belas Knap Long Barrow

Tewkesbury, England, United Kingdom

About Belas Knap Long Barrow

The Belas Knap Long Barrow is a well-preserved example of a Neolithic burial chamber located near Cheltenham.

It was built around 3000 BC and used for burials over a significant period until the chambers were deliberately blocked. Romano-British pottery found inside one of the burial chambers show that it was open in Roman times.

The site was excavated between 1863 and 1865 and the remains of 31 people were found inside. A significant burial site, it is 54 m long, 18 m wide and over 4m high. The remains of the Belas Knap Long Barrow feature a false entrance and side chambers and the site has recently been restored. Today the chamber tombs have been opened up so visitors can see them up close.