Excavation of a round barrow

Victorian illustration to download showing the archaeological excavation of a Bronze Age round barrow. Diggers with pickaxes and spades have dug a large trench through the centre of the tree-covered mound, and a group of men and women look on. The barrow is situated in a village near the church. This excavation of St Weonard’s Tump (or St Weonard’s Burial Mound) in Herefordshire took place in 1855; two vault-like constructions of stone were found, beneath which were ashes and fragments of human bones. The tump had been used for centuries as the scene of village fetes and especially for morris dancing.