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Long Barrow nr Partridge Hall Farm, Swaffham Prior

History of the Long Barrow, Swaffham Prior

Listed building on Heritage at Risk register

Although the long barrow 410m south east of Partridge Hall Farm is no longer visible as an earthwork, its buried remains survive and will contain a range of highly significant archaeological evidence. Buried soils underneath the mound will retain valuable archaeological information concerning land use in the area prior to the construction of the barrow. Organic deposits preserved in the ditch will provide information on environmental conditions (eg climate, flora and fauna) during and following its use as a funerary monument. The central burial area may preserve fragments of grave goods and/or skeletal material, which will provide further rare evidence relating to the Neolithic occupation of the area. The monument has additional importance as part of a formerly extensive barrow cemetery, now largely destroyed by ploughing.

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