West Kennet Long Barrow ★★☆
A 5,600-year-old Neolithic passage tomb near Avebury
For 1,000 years, starting around 3650 BC, at least 46 people were entombed in the five burial chmabers of this oblong artificial limestone hill raised on the grassy chalk countryside of Wiltshire.
Around 2,000 BC, the passage was filled in and the entrance blocked with Sarsen stones. Why? No one knows.
Maybe it's my love of Tolkien, but calling these passage tombs "barrows" makes them just that more exciting to weave past the uneven flat stone monoliths guarding the entrance like so many broken teeth, hunker down, and crawl into the stone-lined 5,600-year-old tomb imagining what ghosts (or barrow-wights) might lurk therein.