Julliberrie’s Grave

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Author

Chris Scoble

Format

hardback

Published

Oct 10 2018

ISBN

9781907524578

About The Author

Chris Scoble

Christopher Scoble was born in Hampshire in 1943 but grew up in East Kent. He is also author of Fisherman’s Friend, a life of Stephen Reynolds (edited) A Poor Man’s House by Stephen Reynolds, Colin Blythe, lament for a legend, a biography of the England left-arm bowler who died n World War I, Letters from Bishopsbourne, three writers in an English village, and Under Shrub Hill, a Chestfield childhood. He lives in Dorset.

For more years than man can remember a long barrow (the classic monument of the Neolithic age) has stood on the high cliff overlooking the River Stour at Chilham in Kent, like a white chalk mark on a ravishing landscape. Who might have been buried here has been a mystery for centuries – the local villagers thought it was a giant, others a tribune of Julius Caesar’s army known as Julaber, from whom the barrow takes its striking name.
The search for an answer stems from the time when grave robbing gave way to serious archaeology and drew in famous names – John Aubrey, Heneage Finch, William Stukeley – followed by antiquarians and historians of the 18th century, the drivers of the English county histories. Finch’s excavation of the site in 1702 marks the first of a long barrow and a new development in British archaeology. In more recent times, archaeologists backed by modern technology have come close to an answer.
Julliberrie’s Grave and its inimitable landscape has also attracted the interest of creative artists – a Restoration poet, a modern American poet, the writer Hilaire Belloc, a distinguished film director born in the area, and, most significant of all, a detective novelist whose book opened the door to new discoveries in the 20th century.
This book maps the general development of archaeology in England as seen through the eyes of enthusiasts focussed on one long barrow and its place in the landscape, and their efforts to coax it to offer up its secrets.