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Bartlow Hills, Bartlow

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Bartlow Hills is a Roman tumuli cemetery in Bartlow, Cambridgeshire, England. Four of the original seven tumuli or barrows remain; the largest three are accessible to the public, the northernmost and smallest is on private property and is not easily visible. The remnants of two more are visible as low mounds west of the three largest barrows. The tallest barrow is 15 metres (50 ft) high, and is the largest Roman barrow north of the Alps. The barrows date from the 1st or 2nd centuries CE.
Excavations were undertaken in the 19th century (chiefly in 1832–40), discovering remains of large wooden chests, decorated vessels in bronze, glass and pottery and an iron folding chair (most of which were lost in a fire at Easton Lodge in 1847). A small Roman villa, occupied until the late 4th century, was situated north of the mounds and was excavated in 1852. The site saw no further work until a geophysical survey in 2006 and further excavations in 2007, but this work did not establish the location of the villa.
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  • A great welcome , a good menu and choice .Food was a good quality and very well presented, staff gave exceptional service 
    A great welcome , a good menu and choice .Food was a good quality and very well presented, staff gave exceptional service  more »
  • Loved the stunning Bartlow Hills in such a lovely area, super walks and the hills are a fascinating sight! 
    Loved the stunning Bartlow Hills in such a lovely area, super walks and the hills are a fascinating sight!  more »
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  • Visited Roman burial mounds today. I have lived in East Anglia for 15yrs but only came across the existence of these burial sites today after receiving a Book on Roman Site in UK as a Christmas present. So round up the dogs despite a wet day and arrived at Bartlow Church. Short walk later we came across a old railway cutting and immediately there were these three huge mounds. (Railway used to run between two of these mounds) I was astonished. Makes the Saxon mounds at Sutton Hoo look like Mole hills! The tallest (>40ft) is accessed by steep timber steps to the top. There were 7 mounds. 3 large in height remain with a further three smaller or reduced in height. Being inquisitive I looked around for where the soil must have come from. Nearby there is a track to a area to what looks like a quarry as the ground is a lot lower and appears to have been a excavation. Very interesting place.
  • Quite an interesting walk to see the hills the steps have been restored so you can climb to the top of the biggest one. Great views at the top

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