The ancient Roman cemetery just 89 minutes from London is like stepping into another world
Nestled behind rows of chocolate cottages in a sleepy village lies one of England’s best-kept secrets.
A historic Roman-era site steeped in history is the perfect place to explore on a family day trip just 89 minutes from the capital.
The Bartlow Hills, also known as the Pyramids of Essex, are tall, conical mounds hidden in a cluster of trees and are spectacular visual remains of Roman cemeteries.
Burial mounds are also known as burial mounds, burial mounds or kurgans and are found across much of the world, CambridgeshireLive reports.
The Bartlow Hills are believed to date from the first and second centuries AD and have been described as one of Britain’s best-preserved Roman burial mounds and the largest Roman burial mounds still in Western Europe.
But despite the prestige among connoisseurs, they are not really easy to find.
The small village of Bartlow is about 12 miles south-east of Cambridgeshire, given the historic significance of the sites you can expect signs pointing the way to the cemeteries. But no such leadership appears in the region.
It’s not as if the extraordinary Roman mounds are unknown to the locals – far from it, as the local village pub, The Three Hills, is named after him.
On a narrow track you could easily miss this spot, but descend along towering rows of trees and you will soon be transported to another world.
You should see the mounds take shape beyond the trees, then see them in all their glory.
Three of the original seven burial mounds are clearly visible on the site today.
Three others were significantly flattened or completely destroyed and one remains on private property, just visible from the top of one of the hills.
The largest is 15 meters high.
The mounds were said to have been built by laborers carrying dirt, chalk, clay or stones on their backs to the top of the mound and placing them on top. The process would have required hundreds of hours of work.
The Bartlow Hills are made up of layers of chalk and earth.
After being created in the first or second century, they remained intact for several hundred years and were later rediscovered in the 19th century, with subsequent investigations revealing a cremated body and artifacts.
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These artifacts included a folding chair, large wooden chests, and bronze, glass, and pottery vessels, revealing the high status of those buried in the mounds.
Although the Bartlow Hills are known to locals, they remain somewhat of a hidden treasure further afield.
If you are looking for a way to spend a day without worrying about everything that is going on in the world, we highly recommend that you visit this amazing site.