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Monkton Down

Round Barrow(s)


Details of possible Long barrow on Pastscape

SU 11637230 Long Barrow(NR). (1) Long barrow aligned E/W?; 90 ft x 45 ft and 3 1/2 ft high. Doubtful as to whether it was ever a long barrow. (2) Excavated by Merewether (barrow 26). Finds included animal bones and fragment of "ampulla of Roman form".
Grinsell places no reliance on Merewether's plan (No 26) which shows 4 sarsens each side of the W end as a possible facade. (2-3)
An oval turf-covered mound 30m NE-SW by 14m, and up to 1.2m high; it has no side ditches. Sarsens, visible in the form of ?revetting at the eroded W end of the mound, may represent the facade depicted by Merewether. The mound is definitely of artificial construction, but its origin and purpose is uncertain.
Published 25" survey revised. (4) The oval mound was mapped at 1:10,000 from APs by the Fyfield Down and Overton Down Mapping Project. No additional information was recorded. (5)
Chance Posted by Chance
18th July 2015ce
Edited 29th July 2015ce

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