A short distance away from the River is a tumulus, a mound of earth and stones raised over a burial site, they were often sited near riverbanks. The mound is just over 1m high and dates to Bronze Age times. Bronze Age communities created barrows (earthen mounds) to honour their ancestors. A depression at the top of this barrow indicates it was excavated and it is likely this exploration was undertaken by Edmund Artis in the 1820’s.
With extensive farming it is rare to find such a good example of a tumulus still standing.
Professor Stephen Upex explains the important significance of the Tumulus.
The River Nene has always provided fresh water, food and a means of travel for people living nearby. Iron Age swords and other valuable items have been discovered at the bottom of the River nearby, but why would you throw your treasured sword into the water? Could the Iron Age people have been making offerings to gods or spirits in return for good weather and holding back the flood waters?