Information for record number MWA3817:
Site of Possible Long Barrow 400m W of Cross Hands

Summary The possible site of an Early Neolithic long barrow was recorded during archaeological fieldwork. The site lay 1.3 km south of Little Compton. It may have been a natural feature such as a limestone outcrop.
What Is It?  
Type: Long Barrow
Period: Early Neolithic - Middle Neolithic (4000 BC - 3001 BC)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Little Compton
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 26 28
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

Source Number  

1 Two stones at SP2628, connected by a low ridge and 26 other stones in the hedge, suggested to be a long barrow or other Megalithic site. Now no trace of the stones or ridge. Local information suggests a large stone was deliberately buried c1965-6.
2 The field, under plough, lies on the E crest of a ridge and no large stones could be found. The stones noted by Crawford probably originated from a low natural limestone ridge, which is marked by a heavy stone scatter running NE-SW across the stated position. No indication of side ditches.

Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Oxoniensia
Author/originator: Benson D and Fasham P
Date: 1972
Page Number: 5
Volume/Sheet: 37
Source No: 2
Source Type: Record Card/Form
Title: OS Card 22NE21
Author/originator: Ordnance Survey
Date: 1977
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: 22NE21
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source OS Card Ordnance Survey Record Card. Before the 1970s the Ordnance Survey (OS) were responsible for recording archaeological monuments during mapping exercises. This helped the Ordnance Survey to decide which monuments to publish on maps. During these exercises the details of the monuments were written down on record cards. Copies of some of the cards are kept at the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. The responsibility for recording archaeological monuments later passed to the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments. back
period Neolithic About 4000 BC to 2351 BC

The word ‘Neolithic’ means ‘New Stone Age’. Archaeologists split up the Neolithic period into three phases; early, middle and late. The Neolithic period comes after the Mesolithic period and before the Bronze Age.

People in the Neolithic period hunted and gathered food as their ancestors had but they were also began to farm. They kept animals and grew crops. This meant that they were able to settle more permanently in one location instead of constantly moving from place to place to look for food.
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monument FIELDWORK * A usually temporary earthwork or fortification, the latter constructed by military forces operating in the field. Use more specific type where known. back
monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument STONE * Use only where stone is natural or where there is no indication of function. back
monument FIELD * An area of land, often enclosed, used for cultivation or the grazing of livestock. back
monument DITCH * A long and narrow hollow or trench dug in the ground, often used to carry water though it may be dry for much of the year. back
monument NATURAL FEATURE * Use only for natural features mistakenly assumed to be archaeological or natural features with archaeological significance. back
monument HEDGE * Usually a row of bushes or small trees planted closely together to form a boundary between pieces of land or at the sides of a road. back
monument LONG BARROW * A rectangular or trapezoidal earthen mound of Neolithic date, usually accompanied by flanking or encircling ditches, and normally associated with human remains. Mound construction and associated features vary considerably in type and complexity. back

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