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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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  • Situated alongside the historic Ridgeway, Waylands Smithy is a neolithic long-barrow (burial mound), now surrounded by trees, giving it a tranquil location. It is difficult to imagine it without the t...  more »
  • It may be a thirty minute walk from the official car park but its certainly worth the effort. there are other chambered tombs not a great distance away but WS stands out as something special. it is hi...  more »
  • Situated just off the Ridgeway I used google maps to drive up a tarmac road to a few hundred yards east of the site. There was room for 3 or 4 cars (a minibus tour had done the same) leaving a 5 minut...  more »
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  • 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
  • Along the ridgeway an ancient burial place among trees. Very peaceful. Either walk from the white horse car park along the ridgeway or a harder to find unofficial parking down a nearby narrow lane.
  • Really nice walk and stunning place. Well preserved.
  • Beautiful, peaceful place. Shame people can’t respect the history of the place and decide to run around screaming.
  • Peaceful, no one around ; atmospheric . You can't enter the Barrow except go in a shallow entranceway with a small enclosed space either side. No parking allowed by it (restricted access) down a very bumpy track! No facilities. You are expected to walk from the NT car park for the white horse but there's not much signage and it's not even mentioned on their information board

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