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Thornborough Central Cursus


Nearest Town:Ripon (8km SSE)
OS Ref (GB):   SE285794 / Sheet: 99
Latitude:54° 12' 33.4" N
Longitude:   1° 33' 46.71" W

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'Visited' 24.9.10.
As expected nothing at all to see other than a grass field.
Posted by CARL
6th October 2010ce


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Details of cursus on Pastscape

A Neolithic cursus is visible as a cropmark on air photographs. The feature is aligned north-east south-west and is overlain by Thornborough Central henge. The cursus comprises a single ditch which is broken in parts and a rounded end is visible to the south-west. No evidence for a north-eastern terminus is visible on the air photographs. Much of the monument has now been destroyed through sand and gravel extraction.
Excavations took place in the 1940s and 1950s. The cursus underlies the central Thornborough henge circle (SE 27 NE 32), and a stone cist containing a crouched inhumation was found approximately on the centre line of the cursus during quarrying.
Palaeochannels are visible on air photographs as cropmarks in this area and have been mapped as part of the Thornborough AP Mapping project. It is possible that they may obscure other archaeological features.
Chance Posted by Chance
4th January 2015ce

This cursus was originally over 1.2 kilometres long and 43 metres wide, its western half has now been destroyed by quarrying. Posted by BrigantesNation
4th August 2003ce