Ancient Burial Tumulus at Gisburn

I visited the ancient tumulus or barrow at Gisburn yesterday with GP. A clump of trees grows around its hilltop location, enabling it to be seen from the road to Long Preston. There’s not much when you get there, just an obviously man-made mound on a natural hill. The Journal of Antiquities dates the mound to the Bronze Age – sometime between 2,500-1,600 BC. It’s surrounded by a ditch and commands great views of Pendle and beyond. When it was excavated in the 1900s, an urn was found, perhaps the original depository of the deceased’s ashes.

Assuming it was constructed towards the end of that period, it is contemporary with the Israelites' time in Egypt before Moses led them to the promised land.

Journal of Antiquities