Boudica’s Grave

Boudica’s Grave is a bell barrow near Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath. The barrow survives as a circular shaped mound covering 36 metres in diameter and up to 3 metres in height. Archaeological evidence is sparse, with only a few pieces of charcoal unearthed, but archaeologists believe the barrow dates from the Bronze Age. Excavations by Charles […]

Boudica’s Grave is a bell barrow near Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath.

The barrow survives as a circular shaped mound covering 36 metres in diameter and up to 3 metres in height. Archaeological evidence is sparse, with only a few pieces of charcoal unearthed, but archaeologists believe the barrow dates from the Bronze Age.

Excavations by Charles Read in 1894 discovered that surrounding the barrow is a quarry ditch, from which material was used to construct the burial mound.

A burial pit beneath the mound usually contains human remains, sometimes cremated, sometimes simply interred. Grave goods such as daggers or pottery vessels are commonly found within the burial pit also. However, due to the acidity of the soil, no grave goods or remains were uncovered during excavations of Boadica’s Grave.

The name of the barrow is derived from local folklore, claiming that it was the burial site of the famous Iceni Queen Boudica. However, there is no archaeological data to support such a claim.

Boadica was the queen of the Iceni tribe who led an uprising against the occupying Roman forces in about AD 60 where she tore through England burning roman cities, including Londinium to the ground.

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