The first “Neolithic” long barrow to be built in the UK for 5,500 years has been completed and already the first urn of human ashes has been placed inside.
The long barrow contains four large chambers, each housing 55 niches, which are each able to hold four or five urns.
A smaller “secret” chamber is able to house single urns in smaller niches.
Clients are charged about £1,000 for use of a niche. More than 40 have been reserved so far.
Mr Daw said the burial chamber was planned to be much bigger but he “ran out of time and money” to complete it.
"We wanted to get it finished this summer and we’ve done a far fancier job than we were originally going to do," he said.
The barrow is aligned with the sunrise on the Winter Solstice on 21 December.
"The sun should shine right up the passageway and hit the end. If it doesn’t we’ve got to move the barrow," Mr Daw joked.
Limestone Etruscan funerary urn, 104 x 75 cm, late 3rd century B.C, Italy.
This object is one of five ash urns found in a tomb of the Velsi family of ancient Chiusi. This urn is the largest and best preserved of the group. Its inscription, “FASTIA VELSI LARZL, VELUS PUIA,” which extends across the front and part of the left end of the lid, identifies the cremated remains as those of “Fastia Velsi, wife of Larza Velu.” - mfa.org