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Coldrum Long Barrow is one of the so-called ‘Medway Megaliths’ group that Kit’s Coty House is also a part of.

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Coldrum Long Barrow

Coldrum Long Barrow is another of the so-called ‘Medway Megaliths’ group that Kit’s Coty is a part of.

This site has been dated to 3985-3855 BC, over a thousand years older than Stonehenge!

Similarly to Kit’s Coty, Coldrum Long Barrow has been shown to be a burial chamber, and experts from the Royal College of Surgeons think that everyone buried there were very likely from the same family. Coldrum Long Barrow is designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument, recognising its national importance.  

About Geosites

Geosites are sites of geological interest across the aspiring UNESCO Cross-Channel Global Geopark, where people can visit and interact with our geological heritage. This wide range of sites will offer varying opportunities and values including cultural, heritage, scientific, educational, and aesthetic.

Folkestone pebbled beach, blue sea and clear skies, with cliffs in the distance.

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About the aspiring UNESCO Cross-Channel Global Geopark

Hundreds of thousands of years ago a catastrophic flood swept away the chalk ridge connecting Dover and Calais, carving out the white cliffs of Dover and starting Britain’s history as an island.

Did you know the Kent and French coasts are actually still connected today by the layer of chalk which runs below the Channel?

In celebration of the chalk and the channel, we are working to secure UNESCO Cross-Channel Global Geopark status for the Kent Downs National Landscape together with our neighbouring protected landscape in France; the Parc Naturel Regional des Caps et Marais d’Opale.

The Geopark will include both the protected landscapes and the Channel connecting them, recognising and celebrating the geological connection between us.

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