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ONE OF THE LONG BARROWS KNOWN AS DEADMEN'S GRAVES



Reference Name MLI43620

Name:
ONE OF THE LONG BARROWS KNOWN AS DEADMEN'S GRAVES

Summary:
ONE OF THE LONG BARROWS KNOWN AS DEADMEN'S GRAVES

Location:
CLAXBY, EAST LINDSEY, LINCOLNSHIRE

Description:
TWO LONG BARROWS, KNOWN LOCALLY AS DEADMEN'S GRAVES. {1}{2}{3}
THE MONUMENT INLCUDES THE EARTHWORK AND BURIED REMAINS OF A NEOLITHIC LONG BARROW LOCATED BELOW THE SUMMIT OF A SPUR ABOVE THE SOURCE OF THE BURLANDS BECK, C.575 NNW OF MOON WOOD. IT IS ALIGNED ENE-WSW, FOLLOWING A CONTOUR OF THE HILL, WHICH FALLS AWAY STEEPLY BELOW THIS POINT. THE MOUND MEASURES APPROX 53 M BY C.14 M AT THE EAST END TO LITTLE MORE THAN 1.5 M AT THE WEST. THE EASTERN END STANDS TO A HEIGHT OF C.2 M, DECREASING OVER THE LENGTH OF THE MOUND TO GROUND LEVEL. THE BARROW'S PROFILE IS INTERRUPTED BY A SADDLE TRAVERSING THE MOUND AT A POINT SOME 20 M FROM THE EASTERN END, A FEATURE WHICH IS COMMON TO A NUMBER OF LINCOLNSHIRE LONG BARROWS AND MAY HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY THE COLLAPSE OF INTERNAL MORTUARY STRUCTURES. THE MOUND IS UNDISTURBED BY PLOUGHING BUT, BECAUSE OF THE SLOPING NATURE OF THE FIELD, THERE IS AN ACCUMULATION OF PLOUGHSOIL AGAINST THE NORTHERN FLANK. NO ARCHAEOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION IS KNOWN TO HAVE TAKEN PLACE AND THE MOUND IS THOUGHT TO BE LARGELY INTACT. MATERIAL FOR THE MOUND WOULD HAVE BEEN QUARRIED FROM AN ENCIRCLING CAUSEWAYED DITCH, AND WHILE THIS DITCH IS NO LONGER VISIBLE, IT IS THOUGHT TO SURVIVE BENEATH THE PRESENT GROUND SURFACE. THE SECOND LONG BARROW OF THIS CLOSELY ASSOCIATED PAIR, WHICH IS THE SUBJECT OF A SEPARATE SCHEDULING. FOR FULL DETAIL SEE REVISED SCHEDULING DOCUMENT 27864. {4}
DEADMAN'S GRAVES I IS SITUATED BELOW THE CREST, ON THE LIP OF THE DRY VALLEY, SOUTH FACING, AT 53M OD, WITH THE LONG AXIS OF THE MOUND RUNNING PARALLEL TO THE CONTOURS. IT IS TRAPEZOIDAL MOUND WHICH SURVIVES TO A HEIGHT OF ABOUT 2M AT THE EAST, DECLINING STEADILY TO THE WEST; MARKED SADDLE TOWARDS THE EAST END. {6}, LENGTH 73M, WIDTH 24M, HEIGHT 2M, HTM 42M

Sources:
1 Scheduling record: HBMC. AM 7. SAM 73
2 Article in serial: PHILLIPS, C.W.. 1934. ARCHAEOLOGICAL JOURNAL. VOL89,PP174,176,189-91
3 Index: OS CARD INDEX. CLAXBY. TF 47 SW:7,1964, KF
4 Scheduling record: ENGLISH HERITAGE. 1996. REVISED SCHEDULING DOCUMENT 27864. MPP 23
5 Aerial Photograph: 1946-98. RCHME. 5166/27
6 Index: Jones, D.. 1997. Gazetteer of Neolithic Elongated Enclosures and Extant Long Barrows in (Historic) Lincolnshire. NO 7

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