Finding long barrows in Google Earth

We’ve shown you some work from Henry Rothwell’s Digital Digging site before (such as the Hillforts we showed you back in April), and felt it was time to head back out there to see what’s new.  Along with a slick new mobile responsive design, Henry has a handful of great new features on the site.  One of those new features is a great collection of “long barrows”.


Long barrows are prehistoric monuments, typically rectangular or trapezoidal in shape.  Tim Darvill, author of “Long Barrows of the Cotswolds and Surrounding Areas” has been helping Henry build out this section of the site.

Thanks to the new changes that Henry has made to his site, he hopes to be able to “spend less time tinkering, and more time creating content”.  He already produces quite a lot of excellent content, so we’re looking forward to seeing what he comes up with next.

In the meantime, if you’d like to keep up with the site you can grab their RSS feed or follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

Great work Henry!

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. An attractive site, covering some of the best known barrows and dolmens in the UK. But all are perfectly visible on the ground, well signed locally and on OS maps. Many barrows, however, are mere traces on the ground, often nearly erased by ploughing, particularly where there were no large megalithic stones in the construction, and this is where aerial photography and Google Earth in particular comes into its own by showing crop marks and other tell tale signs of the long barrows from above. Many have been placed marked by the GE community.

  2. I understand that Ley lines orignated or passed thru the longbarrows I would be interested in obtaining a map of these lines connecting barrows with other world sites

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