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Belas Knap Long Barrow

By woodini254    
Belas Knap is a neolithic, chambered long barrow situated on Cleeve Hill, near Cheltenham and Winchcombe, in Gloucestershire, England. It is a scheduled ancient monument in the care of English Heritage but managed by Gloucestershire County Council. "Belas" is possibly derived from the Latin word bellus, 'beautiful', which could describe the hill or its view. "Knap" is derived from the Old English for the top, crest, or summit of a hill.
It is a type of monument known as the Cotswold Severn Cairn, all of which have a similar trapezoid shape, and are found scattered along the River Severn. Belas Knap is described in the English Heritage designation listing statement as an "outstanding example representing a group of long barrows commonly referred to as the Cotswold-Severn group".
What appears to be the main entrance to the barrow, with intricate dry-stone walling and large limestone jambs and lintels is, in fact, a false one. This may have been to deter robbers, although little in the way of value has been found in undisturbed tomb chambers. Alternatively, it could have been a ‘spirit door’, intended to allow the dead to come and go and partake of offerings brought to the tomb by their descendants.

Courtesy of Wikipedia thank you.

Tags: Mono Architecture Cheltenham Long barrow Burial chambers Neolithic monument Monochrome landscape Prehistoric monuments Belas Knap Coteswolds

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cooky Plus
19 6 8 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2022 6:36PM
Excellent POV and processing Rich. The B/W works so well with this image and the detail is fantastic. One well earned award!

8 Nov 2022 7:37PM
Very impressive image. Terrific write up. Debs
davyskid 6 2 Scotland
8 Nov 2022 7:41PM
Superb mono image Richard. Wink
8 Nov 2022 8:01PM
Fascinating image and narrative Rich.

8 Nov 2022 9:46PM
A fine image and most informative and interesting narrative, Richard.

Chinga Plus
12 112 3 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2022 12:13PM
Excellent image, great sky...
Isabel GrinGrin
suemart Plus
5 8 3 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2022 10:10PM
Works so well in mono and beautifully processed Smile

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