Fairy Toot

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The Fairy Toot () is an extensive oval barrow in the village of Nempnett Thrubwell, Somerset, England.

It is an example of the Severn-Cotswold tomb type which consist of precisely-built, long trapezoid earth mounds covering a burial chamber. Because of this they are a type of chambered long barrow.

Fairy Toot was formerly a chambered cairn which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, on the national monument register as '198102'. Formerly it was considerably higher.

On being opened and essentially destroyed between 1787 and 1835 by the reverends Thomas Bere of Butcombe and John Skinner of Camerton, it was found to contain two rows of cells, running from south to north, formed by immense stones set edgeways, and covered by others of larger dimensions. A human skull form the barrow is now in the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

At the time it was conjectured to be a work of the Druids, but its origins are far older and probably date from the Neolithic period.

Wade and Wade in their 1929 book "Somerset" described it as "a remarkably fine tumulus of masonry, said to have been one of the finest in Britain, in the chambers of which skeletons have......
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