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14 August 2011
Long barrow in Gloucestershire reopens after restoration

Uley Long Barrow in Gloucestershire (England), known as Hetty Pegler's Tump, has been reopened to the public after two years of repairs. The site was closed in 2009 while urgent structural work was carried out at the Neolithic site. Structural damage to the interior dry stone walls of the burial chamber had left it in an unsafe condition.
     English Heritage has overseen the work to restore the 120ft (37m) long monument which dates back to 3200 BCE. Mark Badger, from English Heritage, said: "The archaeological investigations carried out during the urgent works by the Cotswold Archaeology team have confirmed the original plan of the burial chambers which were excavated in both 1821 and in 1854." Samples of original Neolithic mound material will now be taken away for analysis in a bid to establish a more accurate date.
     The scheduled monument is managed by Gloucestershire County Council on behalf of English Heritage and is named after Hester Pegler, the 17th century owner of the field in which it sits. It is one of a series of ancient stone structures known as the Cotswold-Severn barrow group, sited near Dursley and overlooking the Severn Valley. Very little is known about who was buried there other than that they were from some of the first settled farming communities.

Edited from BBC News (8 August 2011), The Citizen (9 August 2011)

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