There are about 40 000 barrows known in Britain
, so they are not normally excavate
d. You'd think if you had a barrow in your neighbourhood you'd want the archaeologist
s down there sharpish to find the vast hoard
s of torque
s, gold coin
s, and skeleton
s of horses you would hope were in there. Or at least to see some incautious student
devoured by a barrow-wight
A place name ending in -howe is likely to indicate a barrow. A place like Nickerhowe is more or less guaranteed to have had a resident wight, at least in the balmy days when wights flourished.
One of the best is at West Kennet in Wiltshire.