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Long Barrows at South Fen, Sutton

History of Long Barrow at South Fen

Listed building on Heritage at Risk Register

The long barrow at South Fen survives exceptionally well, having been protected by the overlying fen deposits of clay and peat, and will contain a wide range of archaeological information. Evidence for timber structures will be preserved in the mound and the soils buried beneath it, in addition to evidence relating to activity on the site, the manner and duration of use of the barrow, and the construction of the mound. Organic material contemporary with the barrow, including evidence of the local environment at that time, will be preserved in the waterlogged deposits in the ditches. The survival also, beneath the overlying deposits, of a contemporary ground surface surrounding the barrow, is very unusual. The barrow has additional interest as one of a group of several monuments of Neolithic date which have been identified in the vicinity, including another long barrow at Foulmire Fen, Haddenham, approximately 1km to the south west, and two large earthwork enclosures at Haddenham and at Horseley Fen, Chatteris, respectively.

Also, another barrow.


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