West Kennet Long Barrow, West Kennett, near Marlborough
This is one of the largest prehistoric tombs in England and Wales. The tomb was probably built in 3500BC to serve the farming community. This is one of the biggest barrows in Britain. The barrow measures 340 feet long by 75 feet wide. The line of stones at its east end, some as high as 12-feet, form a corridor 40 feet into the barrow. There are five stone chambers inside the barrow. Studies have soon that it was used for almost 1,000 years. During this time 40 to 50 people were buried here. Which leads people to believe that only members of the ruling clan were allowed to be buried here, just not any one from the community.
The barrows are open to the public and free, and are located up a paved path up the side of the barrow hill. There are several barrows in the area. We decided to explore West Kennet because it was on the way to Stonehenge. It was a very interesting stop. There were four other people exploring at the same time we were there. Two of them were visiting most of the barrows in Wiltshire and they gave us tons of information on what we were seeing.