British Folklore
Fairy Lore & Prehistoric Sites in Britain
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Adam's Grave

Adam's Grave

This prehistoric long barrow in Alton Priors is of particular interest to folklorists because of its older name, Wodnesbeorh, recorded in an Anglo-Saxon charter. This can only mean 'Woden's Barrow', confirming the link of the pre-Christian war god to mysterious landscape features. 

The barrow's later name, Adam's Grave, was noted in the 1860s; a stone at its base was at that time called Little Eve. Long barrows are very commonly imagined to be the resting places of giants. The archaeologist Leslie Grinsell recorded a local tale that if anybody runs seven times around the barrow, a giant will emerge.