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Monarch of the Plain

Round Barrow(s)


The largest round barrow on Salisbury Plain. This Bell Barrow was opened by Hoare on more than one occasion but all he reported finding was charcoal and no interment. The Barrow has a sloping raised berm.

No.40, in point of size, may be called the monarch of the plain, being evidently the largest barrow upon it; and its history still remains veiled in obscurity. The first time we opened it by a very large section, and examined well the floor ; but though we perceived symptoms of cremation, in charred wood &c. we could not discover the primary interment. Nor were our subsequent researches more favourable, and we still remain in ignorance. Perhaps some future antiquary may be more fortunate; and such is the caprice of ancient sepulchre, that the deposit may be found near the top, as in the instance of our flint barrow at Kingston Deverill, (p.47).

The Ancient History of Wiltshire Vol 1, Hoare, Sir R.C. 1812 - Page 164
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24th February 2012ce
Edited 24th February 2012ce

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