Monday, 21 March 2011

European Long Barrows

By Robert John Langdon

Long Barrows are not restricted to just Britain!

There are over 5000 long barrows in Northern Europe that still exist - imagine how many more there were 5,000 or even 10,000 years ago?

What is interesting is two-fold: why so many and in such a limited area?

If these objects were common to Mesolithic Society, why do we not find them in other areas of Europe?

So where do we find these Long Barrows?

and Czech Republic

As you can see from the map this is a very close network of countries and to make sense of the  Long Barrow demographics there must be logically some reason for this area to have so many of these unique monuments.

If my hypothesis is correct, Long Barrows are the Mesolithic sign posts for raised waterways directly after the great melt (Ice Age) in 10,000BC.  So is there any geological evidence for this area to be more effected than others during the last ice age?

The European Ice Sheet!!

You may call it a coincidence - but as you see, if I am right about the British Long Barrows, then as the Ice Cap effected not just Britain but also northern Europe. Consequently, the lowering of waters would have effected all of the countries that were covered by the ice cap and subsequent melt.  These new waterways would have been a natural resource for our Mesolithic ancestors to travel and navigate by boat.

These inland waterways can now explain with ease how the Amesbury archer and the highly polished Alp Jade axe heads found their way to Britain before roads were invented.

The most interesting aspect of these European Long Barrows are the dates we find within them  - nearly ALL of the carbon dated substance that are still available (remember these monuments have been around like the pyramids for 1,000's of years and robbed and reused often) have been dated at about 3700BC to 6000BC - this is 700 to 3,000 years before the current estimated build date for Stonehenge.

This article supports the main essay at the start of this month that showed our Great Ancient Civilisation not only travelled throughout Britain but navigated throughout all of Northern Europe in the Mesolithic Period directly after the Ice Age, directed from the shore by Long Barrows.


  1. But Long Barrows were originally built for these 'navigators' to stay at. There are quite a few without bones. One without bones in France was quite interesting because there were bowls, microliths, and stone axes. "Grave goods" or so they are called but if you were travelling sailors, it may have been handy to find some bowls you could use for your food after you hunted some up with the microliths and chopped some wood with the axes. Most of these places had fires in the forecourt for "funerary feasts". How about the sailors cooked outside and slept inside the barrows. They likely warmed them with hot rocks.They are artificial caves, route makers and places to stay the night. They may have been old before people used them as 'tombs'. Cueva da Menga has a very impressive well, what is a well doing in a tomb?

    1. Interesting Idea Joan!

      In my latest book 'Avebury's lost Avenue' I illustrate the use of such navigational devices in early american aeronautical history, when they placed 70ft concrete arrows on the ground to point aeroplanes to there destination.

      They too (like your suggestion) had a 'shack' that housed people and so they could light a beacon by the arrow for night time vision - so you make have a valid observation!