Family of undertakers build modern take on prehistoric barrow-style tomb to ...

A family of undertakers have branched out and built a modern take on a prehistoric tomb to meet the demand for an alternative to burial.

The Round Barrow in Corscombe, Dorset, is only the fifth tomb of its kind in the country and has recently opened.

The project, which has 990 niches to hold urns containing the ashes of loved ones, was created by the Vassie family.

The Round Barrow in Corscombe, Dorset, (pictured) is only the fifth tomb of its kind in the country and has recently opened by the Vassie family

The Round Barrow in Corscombe, Dorset, (pictured) is only the fifth tomb of its kind in the country and has recently opened by the Vassie family 

They invested a six-figure sum and five years into creating the traditional Neolithic-style burial mound.

The ancient mounds built over the dead, known as long or round barrows, had not been used since about 2,000 BC.

But they have seen a rise in popularity since farmer Tim Daw created the first one on British soil in 5,500 years in 2014.

The Round Barrow was built entirely from 900 tonnes of Purbeck stone and has 11 passageways and chambers around a central chamber. 

The mound, which has 990 niches to hold urns containing the ashes of loved ones, was built entirely from 900 tonnes of Purbeck stone

The mound, which has 990 niches to hold urns containing the ashes of loved ones, was built entirely from 900 tonnes of Purbeck stone

Most of its 990 niches hold two or three urns, with 105 larger family ones that can hold either six or nine urns, which are made by two Dorset potters. 

Jo and Peter Vassie have been running Higher Ground Meadow natural burial grounds for 11 years, and son Tom joined them in 2013. 

They have carried out nearly 600 full burials there and have hundreds of people reserving their plot for the future.

On the outside the structure is covered in earth and in time will have wildflowers growing all over it so only the entrance will be visible. 

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