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Petersfield Heath

Barrow / Cairn Cemetery


Due to one of life's quirky little detours I found myself in Petersfield today visiting family of a friend. A lovely afternoon so we walked around Petersfield Heath which, is spite of having a prosperous market town right next to it, still feels like a heath. Surprisingly there are several round barrows dotted about, some hidden among the trees. Not much to add to Jimit's fieldnote except to say that the person showing us the barrows also told us that they were aligned to the midwinter sunset between the gap in the two westerly hills which can be seen from the nearby lake (formerly marshland). One of these, Butser Hill, being the highest hill in South Downs. It would be difficult to test this theory now as there the area is quite wooded - a treat though to have a little bit of prehistory come my way without any real effort on my behalf. tjj Posted by tjj
2nd July 2011ce
Edited 2nd July 2011ce

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