Britain recently saw the Soulton Long Barrow go up, the third Neolithic-style burial mound in the country to be opened in the modern ages. Based on the solutions by the Neolithic Brits 5 millennia ago, these mounds are designed to alleviate the country’s issue with lacking burial space.
Soulton Long Barrow, located in Shropshire, was constructed entirely by hand using natural materials like lime mortar and natural limestone, as well as traditional techniques. The barrow is covered by rich soil, planted with meadow grass and wild flowers, and can hold cremation ashes, providing a cheaper and more secular option for the final sendoff for the duly departed.
Brits can have the cremation urns of their duly departed for £750($970) for a single individual, while storing the ashes of a whole family will cost £5,850($7,590).
This barrow is the third of its ilk that has opened in Britain in recent years, preceded by All Cannings in Wiltshire back in 2014 and Willow Row in Cambridgeshire in 2016, being the first of their kind for 5,500 years.
Prices for a space for cremation urns in these mounds range from £750 (973) to £5,850($7,590) for a family niche, which will be contracted to its occupants for a century. The niches themselves can be passed down to relatives of the client within the duration of the contract.
Urn burials vary in pricing across the UK, but usually costs approximately £1,000($1,300) for a cemetery plot.
Neolithic barrows are, simply put, earthen mounds that are erected over stone structures, which serve as collective tombs. The ancient burial chambers have not seen wide use in the country ever since 2,000BC.
Managing Director Toby Angel of Sacred Stones, the firm behind the project, say that the company worked with academics from Cambridge University in order to understand how the barrows functioned in their time, and how they were part of community life.
He says that the barrows would’ve acted as a theatre for union, creation and, of course, a place for the veneration of the duly departed, and that these new barrows, which were built with the same materials and methods as those of olden times, are echoing what community meant to the Neolithic Brits.