Neo-Neolithic

One of the many grim consequences of the pandemic is that, as a society, we have been called on to reassess the expectations and rituals associated with death. With this in mind we thought a recent appeal decision (DCS Number 400-030-874) relating to a site in rural mid Wales was topical. 

In this case it was proposed to create a Neolithic passage tomb for the storage of human cremations in pottery urns. The burial of ashes would also be undertaken around the perimeter of the mound. The tomb was proposed to be circular in shape and would measure approximately 14 metres in diameter and 4 metres in height, surrounded by a 2-metre wide ditch with kerb stones around the perimeter. The mound would be covered in earth which would be grassed over and given back to grazing.

The lanes accessing the site were narrow, however, and the inspector was concerned about the ability of the local highway network to cope with the vehicular movements generated by the proposal. Dismissing the appeal, the inspector concluded that it would be detrimental to highway safety.

There is a section on cemeteries and crematoria at 26.135 of DCP Online.