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Coneybury Henge (site)



Stonehenge, Woodhenge,... but what about Coneybury Henge? (sacred to rabbits?) It's less than a mile from Stonehenge itself. Ok, so it never had big stones with fancy lintels. But it sounds intriguing.

Julian Richards excavated the site on Coneybury Hill in 1980. I'm afraid it's been ploughed so flat you wouldn't be able to tell where it is without one of those geophysics machines. But if you're driving up the A303 and reach the band of trees with the New King Barrows - well, it was into the next field to the south of the road there and was probably intervisible with whatever was going on at (the probably contemporary) early Stonehenge.

Richards found a c50m diameter ditch, which would have been a not inconsiderable 10ft deep, and which would have been surrounded by a bank. There was an entrance at the NE side, as the entrance is at Stonehenge.

A ring of small post holes circled the inside area(possibly 56, the same number as the Aubrey holes at Stonehenge) - and weirdest, within the circle were tiny holes which were the result of hundreds of little pointy-bottomed stakes being pushed into the ground.

(info mentioned in Pitts' 'Hengeworld')

If you look on the map the site is not so very far from the end of the avenue, where it apparently met the river. Though whether you could actually see it, or whether there's any relevance to that I know not.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
18th November 2004ce
Edited 21st December 2004ce

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