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Wayland's Smithy, Ashbury

Wayland's Smithy is a Neolithic long barrow and chamber tomb site located near the Uffington White Horse and Uffington Castle, at Ashbury in the English county of Oxfordshire. It is very near to The Ridgeway, an ancient road running along the Berkshire Downs.Archaeologists have established that the monument was built by pastoralist communities shortly after the introduction of agriculture to Britain from continental Europe. Although representing part of an architectural tradition of long barrow building that was widespread across Neolithic Europe, Wayland's Smithy belongs to a localised regional variant of barrows produced in the south-west of Britain, now known as the Severn-Cotswold group. Of these, it is in one of the best surviving conditions.The later mound was long and wide at the south end. Its present appearance is the result of restoration following excavations undertaken by Stuart Piggott and Richard Atkinson in 1962–63. They demonstrated that the site had been built in two different phases, a timber-chambered oval barrow built around 3590 and 3550 BC and a later stone-chambered long barrow in around 3460 to 3400 BC.
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  • This is definitely somewhere worth heading on a walk from the White Horse car park that takes you away from the White Horse which is busier. It’s along The Ridgeway and there’s no traffic so dogs can ...  more »
  • Magical autumnal day to visit this enchanting place, the beech leaves were shedding crisp autumn leaves and sun was shining though the beeches. I don't walk well but those who do would find some wonde...  more »
  • I visited here as Storm Ophelia started to hit so it was a bit blowy to say the least! Finding Wayland's Smithy is easy as it sign posted from the main road. However take care if you in a car as there...  more »
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  • Calm and atmospheric. Visit on a week day in the early morning when no one else is around. It really isn't the same when there are children clambering all over the monument.
  • Romantically set amongst the trees, it is a beautiful long burrow. It has been kept clear so you can walk around and enjoy the structure and the history of the area. A beautiful quiet place to visit and enjoy.
  • Broody Neolithic burial site ..with links to the norse god wayland
  • Great place, I like to come back often there.
  • This is a beautiful and atmospheric place. The Smithy is in fact a Neolithic long barrow and although legendarily associated with the Saxon god Wayland is in fact a womb tomb to the ancient Celtic mother Goddess. Try to arrive early in the day around dawn for peaceful meditation or later in the evening
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