BRONZE AGE MYSTERIES
The Old Straight Track climbs up towards the ridge,
A tangent to this ancient burial ground
Where Bronze Age bodies slumber under mounds;
In number, nine, each barrow with a ditch.
Who were these folk that lie beneath this field –
Hunter-gatherer, warrior, father, son ?
Side by side in death – was it a violent one ?
And those events by which their fate was sealed,
Are they recorded here in artefact ?
The warrior’s sword or chieftain’s sash;
The Leyman’s poles for sighting work, exact,
Along the ley via beacon, stone and flash.
These rolling Lambourne downs are drenched in history,
Come, take the track with me and share the mystery.
Note : Seven Barrows, near Lambourne, Berkshire. (view large)
The barrows, believed to be Bronze Age burial mounds, can be seen as humps in the centre of the picture. The chalk path in the foreground is believed to be an ancient track, or Ley, contemporary with the burial ground.