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Dorset

Sites in this group:

19 posts
Abbotsbury Castle Hillfort
11 posts
Ashmore Down Long Barrow
3 posts
Askerswell Dyke
1 post
Badbury Barrow Round Barrow(s) (Destroyed)
61 posts
Badbury Rings Hillfort
24 posts
1 site
Badbury Rings Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
6 posts
Banbury Hill Hillfort
2 posts
Barrow East of Two Gates Round Barrow(s)
5 posts
Baylea Farm Barrow Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
7 posts
Berendes Beorh Round Barrow(s)
8 posts
Bere Down Long Barrow
2 posts
Bestwall Quarry Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
18 posts
Big Wood Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
45 posts
Bincombe Down Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
4 posts
Bincombe Down Long Barrow
4 posts
Bindon Hill Hillfort
5 posts
Bind Barrow Round Barrow(s)
8 posts
Blacknoll Hill Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
11 posts
Black Down Bank Barrow
28 posts
Black Down Barrow Cemetery Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
12 posts
Black Hill Round Barrow(s)
6 posts
Blagdon Hill Round Barrow(s)
6 posts
Bloxworth Down Round Barrow(s)
17 posts
Bokerley Down Long Barrow
1 post
Bolton's Barrow Round Barrow(s)
3 posts
Boswell's Plantation Round Barrow(s)
10 posts
Bottlebush Down Round Barrow(s)
4 posts
Bradford Barrow Round Barrow(s)
2 posts
Bradpole Round Barrow(s)
14 posts
Branksome Library Stone Standing Stones
1 post
Broadstone Stone Circle Stone Circle (Destroyed)
19 posts
The Broad Stone Stone Circle
21 posts
Bronkham Hill Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
2 posts
Broomhill and Bere Wood Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
3 posts
Bulbury Camp Hillfort
4 posts
Bull Barrow (Holt) Round Barrow(s)
2 posts
Bul Barrow Round Barrow(s)
4 posts
Bush Barrow (Lulworth) Round Barrow(s)
19 posts
Buzbury Rings Hillfort
12 posts
Came Down Golf Club Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
21 posts
3 sites
Came Wood Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
2 posts
Canford Heath Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
5 posts
Canon Hill Round Barrow(s)
2 posts
The Castle (Cattistock) Hillfort
1 post
Cats Brain Long Barrow Long Barrow (Destroyed)
26 posts
Chalbury Hillfort
5 posts
Chaldon Down Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
3 posts
Chaldon Herring Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
13 posts
Chapel Hill Sacred Hill
3 posts
Charlton Down Round Barrow(s)
2 posts
The Chestnut Farm Group Pimperne Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
17 posts
Chettle House Long Barrow
5 posts
Chettle Long Barrow Long Barrow
6 posts
Chilcombe Hill Hillfort
11 posts
Clandon Barrow Round Barrow(s)
2 posts
The Cliff (Tarrant Rawston) Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
3 posts
Colmer's Hill Sacred Hill
19 posts
Coney's Castle Hillfort
12 posts
Conygar Hill Round Barrow(s)
11 posts
Coombe Heath Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
8 posts
Corscombe Standing Stones
3 posts
Cowleaze Barrows Round Barrow(s)
3 posts
Creech Barrow Round Barrow(s)
3 posts
Crow Hill Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
1 post
Dead Woman's Stone Standing Stone / Menhir (Destroyed)
22 posts
Deverel Barrow Round Barrow(s)
5 posts
Dogbury Hill Hillfort
5 posts
Doghouse Hill Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
4 posts
Dorchester Palisaded Enclosure Timber Circle
1 post
The Dorsetshire Gap Ancient Trackway
8 posts
2 sites
The Dorset Cursus Cursus
4 posts
Double Barrow Round Barrow(s)
5 posts
Drove Hill Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
6 posts
Dudsbury Camp Hillfort
14 posts
Dungeon Hill Hillfort
19 posts
East Hill Barrows Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
13 posts
Eggardon Barrows Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
41 posts
Eggardon Hill Hillfort
1 post
End Barrow Round Barrow(s)
3 posts
Eype Down Round Barrow(s)
4 posts
Field Barn Round Barrow(s)
14 posts
Five Marys Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
4 posts
Flagstones Enclosure
1 post
Folly Barrow Round Barrow(s)
6 posts
Fontmell Down Dyke
9 posts
Four Barrow Hill Round Barrow(s)
9 posts
Friar Waddon Round Barrow(s)
1 post
Frome Hill Barrows Round Barrow(s)
3 posts
Fryer Mayne Round Barrow(s)
1 post
Furzey Down Road Ancient Trackway
2 posts
Giant’s Grave Round Barrow(s)
5 posts
Giant's Grave and Giant's Trencher Round Barrow(s)
4 posts
Goggin's Barrow Round Barrow(s)
16 posts
Golden Cap Sacred Hill
22 posts
Gould's Hill Barrows Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
11 posts
The Great Barrow Artificial Mound
5 posts
Great Hill Barrows Round Barrow(s)
50 posts
The Grey Mare & Her Colts Long Barrow
2 posts
Grey Mare Barrows Round Barrow(s)
10 posts
1 site
Grimstone Down Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
3 posts
Grove Hill Round Barrow(s)
20 posts
Gussage Hill Long Barrow
37 posts
Hambledon Hillfort
4 posts
Hammiton Hill Round Barrow(s)
29 posts
Hampton Down Stone Circle
1 post
Hangman's Rocks Stone Circle (Destroyed)
5 posts
Hardown Hill Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
1 post
Hawke Barrow Round Barrow(s)
3 posts
Heather Cottage Round Barrow(s)
80 posts
The Hellstone Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
11 posts
The Helstone Standing Stone / Menhir
1 post
Henbury Barrow Round Barrow(s)
35 posts
Hengistbury Head Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
4 posts
Herringston Barrow Round Barrow(s)
2 posts
Hinton Bushes Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
29 posts
Hod Hill Hillfort
3 posts
Hog Cliff Hill Round Barrow(s)
Horton Inn Round Barrow(s)
4 posts
Huck Barrow Round Barrow(s)
3 posts
Hyde Hill Plantation (Tarrant Launceston) Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
2 posts
Ibberton Hill Round Barrow(s)
9 posts
3 sites
Isle of Portland
5 posts
50 sites
The Isle of Purbeck
85 posts
Kingston Russell Stone Circle
4 posts
Kingston Russell Barrow Round Barrow(s)
13 posts
King Down Round Barrow(s)
64 posts
Knowlton Henges Henge
18 posts
Lambert's Castle Hillfort
14 posts
Lanceborough King Barrow Round Barrow(s)
3 posts
Launceston Down North Group Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
3 posts
Launceston Down South Group Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
12 posts
Lewesdon Hill Hillfort
4 posts
Limekiln Hill Round Barrow(s)
2 posts
Little Bredy Round Barrow(s)
7 posts
Longbury Long Barrow
5 posts
Longlands Round Barrow(s)
1 post
Long Barrow Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Long Bredy Bank Barrow
5 posts
Lord's Barrow Round Barrow(s)
6 posts
Luton Down long barrow Long Barrow
3 posts
Lyscombe Hill Dyke
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Mag's Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Maiden Castle Bank Barrow Bank Barrow
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Maiden Castle (Dorchester) Hillfort
5 posts
Maiden Castle Long Barrow Long Barrow
1 post
Maiden Castle Round Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Martin's Down Long Barrow Long Barrow
43 posts
Maumbury Rings Henge
5 posts
Mayne Stone Circle Stone Circle
8 posts
Mistleberry Fort Hillfort
3 posts
Moigns Down Round Barrow(s)
6 posts
1 site
Mount Pleasant Henge
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Muddox Barrow Round Barrow(s) (Destroyed)
8 posts
Nettlecombe Tout Hillfort
1 post
New Barn Farm Round Barrow(s)
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The Nine Stones of Winterbourne Abbas Stone Circle
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Norden Hill Round Barrow(s)
1 post
North Barn Farm Round Barrow(s)
2 posts
North Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Oakley Down Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
11 posts
Old Knowle Round Barrow(s)
6 posts
Old Warren Hillfort
8 posts
Owermoigne Down Round Barrow(s)
14 posts
Pallington Clump Round Barrow(s)
2 posts
Parley Barrow Round Barrow(s)
3 posts
Peak End Hill Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
6 posts
Penbury Knoll Hillfort
11 posts
Penn Hill Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
19 posts
Pentridge 21 / IIa/b Bank Barrow
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Pentridge III Long Barrow
2 posts
Pigeon House Long Barrow
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Pilsdon Pen Hillfort
20 posts
Pimperne Long Barrow
3 posts
Pimperne Down Settlement Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
2 posts
Pimperne East Group Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
2 posts
Pin Knoll Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
4 posts
Pompey's Corner Round Barrow(s)
2 posts
Portesham Hill Long Barrow Long Barrow
1 post
Portesham Standing Stones Standing Stones
34 posts
Poundbury Hillfort Hillfort
4 posts
Pound Hill Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
4 posts
Powerstock Common Round Barrow(s)
11 posts
Poxwell Cairn Circle Cairn circle
3 posts
Puddletown Forest Round Barrow(s)
4 posts
Puncknowle Round Barrow(s)
7 posts
Purlands Farm Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
10 posts
1 site
Race Down Long Barrow
12 posts
The Rainbarrows Round Barrow(s)
2 posts
Ralph's Barrow Round Barrow(s)
1 post
Rawles Barrow Round Barrow(s)
44 posts
Rawlsbury Hillfort
2 posts
Rawston Down Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
3 posts
Red Barn Long Barrow
5 posts
Rew Lane Round Barrow(s)
4 posts
Ridgeway Hill Round Barrow(s)
1 post
Ridge Hill Round Barrow(s)
15 posts
Ridge Hill Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
7 posts
Ringmoor Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
1 post
Robins Barrow Round Barrow(s)
3 posts
Roke Down Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
4 posts
Round Pound Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
3 posts
Sandy Barrow Round Barrow(s)
3 posts
Sandy Barrow (West Stafford) Round Barrow(s)
8 posts
The Seven Barrows Round Barrow(s)
3 posts
Shapwick Barrow Round Barrow(s)
6 posts
Sheep Down Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
5 posts
Sheep Down Enclosure Enclosure
6 posts
Sheep Down Long Barrow Long Barrow
4 posts
Shipton Gorge Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
10 posts
Shipton Hill Hillfort
3 posts
Simons Ground Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
2 posts
Smacam Down Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
1 post
Smacam Down Long Barrow Long Barrow
6 posts
South Down Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
1 post
South Eggardon Farm Round Barrow(s)
19 posts
Spetisbury Rings Hillfort
1 post
Stand Barrow Round Barrow(s)
1 post
Sturminster Newton Castle Hillfort
8 posts
St Catherine's Hill Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
3 posts
Summerlug Hill Round Barrow(s)
4 posts
Tadnoll Barrow Round Barrow(s)
2 posts
Tarrant Hinton Settlement Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
2 posts
Tarrant Launceston Settlement Site Causewayed Enclosure
2 posts
Telegraph Clump Barrow Cemetery Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
2 posts
Telegraph Clump Long Barrow Long Barrow
5 posts
Tenants Hill Enclosure
2 posts
Thickthorn Down Barrows Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
6 posts
Thickthorn Down (South) Long Barrow
2 posts
Third Milestone Barrow Cemetery Round Barrow(s)
7 posts
Thorncombe Beacon Round Barrow(s)
5 posts
Three Barrow Clump Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
3 posts
Throop Clump Round Barrow(s)
1 post
Tinker's Barrow Round Barrow(s)
2 posts
Tolpuddle Ball Round Barrow(s)
5 posts
Trent Barrow Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
10 posts
Tulk's Hill Round Barrow(s)
3 posts
Turner's Puddle Heath Round Barrow(s)
4 posts
Turnworth Down Round Barrows Round Barrow(s)
2 posts
Two Gates Round Barrow(s)
24 posts
The Valley of Stones Natural Rock Feature
1 post
Valley of Stones Barrow Round Barrow(s)
6 posts
Verwood Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
3 posts
Wardstone Barrow Round Barrow(s)
4 posts
1 site
Waterston Ridge Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
7 posts
Wears Hill Round Barrow(s)
24 posts
Weatherby Castle Hillfort
1 post
Week Street Down Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
4 posts
West Cliff Barrow Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
6 posts
West Compton Down Burial Chamber
5 posts
West Hill Barrows Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
4 posts
Whitcombe Barn Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
7 posts
Whitcombe Hill Round Barrow(s)
4 posts
Whitcombe Vale Round Barrow(s)
12 posts
White Hill Barrows Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
5 posts
White Horse Hill Round Barrow(s)
3 posts
Whitfield Round Barrow(s)
6 posts
Whitfield Farm Long Barrow
1 post
Wimborne St. Giles Round Barrow(s)
5 posts
Windsbatch Dyke
1 post
Winterborne St Martin Disc Barrow Round Barrow(s)
29 posts
Winterbourne Poor Lot Round Barrow(s)
6 posts
Winterbourne Steepleton Cromlech Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
4 posts
Wolfeton Clump Round Barrow(s)
11 posts
Woodbury Hill Hillfort
3 posts
Woodman's Cross Round Barrow(s)
2 posts
Wood Hill Round Barrow(s)
10 posts
Woolsbarrow Hillfort
19 posts
Wor Barrow Long Barrow
1 post
Wur Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
10 posts
Wyke Down Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
1 post
Wyke Down Henge Henge
6 posts
Wynford Eagle Round Barrow(s)
3 posts
Yon Barrow Round Barrow(s)
Sites of disputed antiquity:
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Bishop's Limekiln Natural Rock Feature
44 posts
2 sites
Cerne Abbas Giant Hill Figure
6 posts
Evershot Standing Stone / Menhir
1 post
Kingston Russell Cursus Cursus
4 posts
Toller Porcorum Churchyard Christianised Site
7 posts
The Wishing Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
3 posts
Yetminster Stone Standing Stone / Menhir

News

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The boneyard of the bizarre that rewrites our Celtic past to include hybrid-animal monster myths


Ancient Mediterranean cultures thought nothing of splicing different animals together to form fantastical mythical beasts, such as the half-lion, half-goat chimera or the half-lion, half-eagle griffin.

Until now, however, ancient Britons were not credited with such imagination... continues...
moss Posted by moss
12th July 2015ce

Archaeological project in Blandford gets lottery grant.


An archaeological scheme to investigate an area of Blandford in Dorset where ancient settlements have been found has been given £23,100 of lottery cash.

In 2008 a dig was carried out on the site earmarked for the new Milldown Primary School in the town... continues...
The Eternal Posted by The Eternal
28th January 2010ce

Archaeologists find skulls on route of new road


The skulls of scores of young men have been found in a burial pit on the route of a new road in Dorset.

So far 45 skulls, believed to be almost 2,000 years old, have been found, and more may be found as the pit is emptied... continues...
danielspaniel Posted by danielspaniel
11th June 2009ce
Edited 11th June 2009ce

Ancient Burial Ground Uncovered.


More than a dozen skeletons thought to be thousands of years old, have been found by Oxford archaeologists working at an ancient burial site in Dorset.

Excavations are taking place at the site in Weymouth before builders move in to build an access road to the Olympic sailing centre for 2012... continues...
The Eternal Posted by The Eternal
31st December 2008ce
Edited 4th January 2009ce

£150,000 for south Dorset Ridgeway

The south Dorset Ridgeway project was launched in Portesham village hall. The three year project aims to protect historic monuments affected by erosion over the last forty years. The cash comes from the heritage lottery fund.
formicaant Posted by formicaant
19th February 2008ce

Iron Age Boat To Be Displayed in Poole

An Iron Age boat found when Poole Harbour was dredged in the 1960s is nearly ready for display after extensive conservation work overseen by York Archaeological Trust. You can visit it when the Poole Museum reopens in June. From the Manchester Evening News website.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
12th February 2007ce
Edited 12th February 2007ce

Art to raise Ridgeway's profile


From an article published on the BBC News web site on 19th October 2005:
A campaign to raise public awareness of a historic countryside area to safeguard it for the future is to be launched next month... continues...
Kammer Posted by Kammer
20th October 2005ce
Edited 10th February 2006ce

Bid to help Dorset folk love 'lumps and bumps'


A new project aims to increase people's awareness, knowledge and appreciation of the amazing landscape between Weymouth and Dorchester... continues...
ocifant Posted by ocifant
14th October 2005ce
Edited 8th February 2006ce

Sugar Coated - Iron Age Boat


Source: The Times: 11 June 2005

Sweet return for Iron Age boat with a heart of oak
By Simon de Bruxelles

AN ANCIENT dugout canoe is to be seen in public for the first time in 2,300 years after spending the past decade being preserved in sugar... continues...
Ike Posted by Ike
12th June 2005ce
Edited 10th February 2006ce

Golden find is 4,000 years old


Hmmm, I wonder how much more has been found and not reported?
A day's metal detecting has unearthed an unexpected treasure - a 4,000-year-old piece of gold.

The ornamental piece of gold is only the second piece to ever be found in the UK and the first to be discovered in Dorset... continues...
Jane Posted by Jane
21st May 2004ce
Edited 10th February 2006ce

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Dorset - AONB Website


Offical website for the Dorset AONB detailing news, events and wildlife along with where to stay and eat
Chance Posted by Chance
10th July 2010ce

Dorset axe hoard


An article on the recent huge hoard of bronze axes found in Dorset.
formicaant Posted by formicaant
10th November 2009ce
Edited 16th November 2009ce

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The Valley of Stones (Natural Rock Feature) — Miscellaneous

A view from upon high - 23.10.2016

On our way back home to South Wales we made a quick stop-off to have a look at the Valley of Stones.

There is room for one car to park next to the sign post directing you to the valley. There is an information board giving an overview of the valley and how it was formed.

I was hoping to see a 'river of stones' flowing down the valley. I was hoping to use this to help explain to Dafydd and Sophie how the Ice Age helped shape the landscape etc. Unfortunately from our lofty perch we couldn't see any stones! No doubt had we had the time to have walked down the valley we would have seen plenty! However, I was still able to use the landscape to help aid my talk. At least Dafydd found it a bit interesting. Sophie was more interested in the four horses we had passed and was desperate to try to smooth them!
Posted by CARL
23rd October 2016ce

The Grey Mare & Her Colts (Long Barrow) — Fieldnotes

Visited 23.10.16

When visiting the Kingston Russel stone circle you simply must take the short detour off the bridleway to visit this ruined, but nevertheless impressive burial chamber.

Despite the cold wind myself and Dafydd spent a fair bit of time here looking over the stones. Needless to say we had the place to ourselves. I think you would be quite unlucky to find someone else here the same time as you.

To be honest I think this is a better preserved more interesting site than its more famous nearby stone circle. I note that it was nearly two years to the day since my last visit. A lot of water has passed under the bridge in that time! Although these sites are a bit out of the way (O/S map recommended) they are well worth the effort.
Posted by CARL
23rd October 2016ce

Kingston Russell (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

Visited 23.10.2016

Whoo-hooo.......... Found it! How I managed to NOT find it on my last visit is now a bit of a mystery!

Directions:
Park in the small lay-by just before the cattle grid leading to Gorwell Farm (room for two cars). All you then need to do is follow the signposted bridleway, remembering to go through the wooden gate in front of you as the graveled track bends round to the right. Stay on the bridleway (starts a bit rough but eventually flattens out) and it will take you straight to the stone circle. (In a signposted field on your right)


I am sooooo pleased to have finally got here. This has been something of a 'monkey on my back' for the last two years and something I have wanted to put right. The late afternoon weather had a very late autumn/early winter feel about it. Grey overcast clouds, with a cold, biting wind. It took me 25 minutes to walk from the car to the circle.

As for the stone circle itself, I counted 18 stones of various size and shape. I have no idea if these are 18 different stones or represent fragmented parts of fewer stones? In all honesty the circle itself isn't a 'classic' by any means but at least it is still with us and it does occupy a 'classic' stone circle location - a level area in a prominent position. If the nearby trees and hedges were removed there would be decent 360 degree over the surrounding countryside.

That's another English Heritage site ticked off the list - only 119 to go! It also feels good to get rid of that monkey................ :)
Posted by CARL
23rd October 2016ce

Maiden Castle (Dorchester) (Hillfort) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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28th May 2016ce

Black Down (Bank Barrow) — Images

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28th April 2016ce

Broadstone Stone Circle — Miscellaneous

Details of stone circle on Pastscape

[Area centred at SY 58959079] Half a mile beyond the BROADSTONE] in a W. direction, "on the right hand of the road are two large erect stones, four feet high; and, about five or six paces from them two more; one about two feet high, the other broken off the ground". Aubrey describes the three last stones as all standing and forming a circle eight paces in diameter (1) Similar information; this stone circle is now swept away (2). (1-2)
There are no visible remains of this possible stone circle within the area indicated by the description in T1. (3)
Chance Posted by Chance
14th April 2016ce

Hangman's Rocks (Stone Circle) — Miscellaneous

Details of stone on Pastscape

(SY58389109. Sited from auth 1 and OS 1000 1975)
The Sarsen Stone Survey (a) of 1974-5 prompted a search for the site of Hangman's Rocks, noted by both Aubrey and Hutchins, and shown on the 1765 Bedford Estate Map as 3 stones. A thorough search revealed one sarsen 3m long by 1m wide lying in a hedge bank, doubtless the remains of the Hangman's Rock group. (1)
Chance Posted by Chance
14th April 2016ce

The Helstone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Miscellaneous

Details of stone on Pastscape

[SY 57259149] MONOLITH [OE] (1) "Standing stone." (2) A rough block 6 1/2 ft high. 9 ft long and 2 1/2 ft wide. A standing stone (3) "Monolith" (4). (3-4) STANDING STONE [OE] (5) Scheluled Ancient Monument. (6)
This sarsen stands in a ploughed field. It is 2.2m high, 2.7m long at the base, and 0.5m thick. From the base it tapers to the top, assuming a triangular outline. The stone leans slightly to the S. There are no soil marks or indications of any other stone in the vicinity. (7)
Chance Posted by Chance
14th April 2016ce

Kingston Russell Cursus — Miscellaneous

Details of stone circle on Pastscape

(SY579912. Cursus sited from auth 1 and OS 1:10000 1975). A possible cursus has been recorded S.W of Kingston Farm. A sarsen stone 1.5m long, 0.85m wide and 0.35m thick was located in a chalk cut pit at SY57979118. Although it may be a natural stone removed during field clearence, its possible significance in relation to local prehistoric activity cannot be ruled out. (1) (illustration card 1, 'x')
Cropmarks of a possible cursus just southwest of the village of Kingston Russell. The feature appears on the north side of the A35 as a single ditch running parallel with the road before curving round towards and meeting the road. No cropmarks have yet been noted south of the road. Neither have any yet been observed east of the the road from Kingston Russell to the A35. However, the line of the possible cursus west of the Kingston Russel road is continued by the line of the pre-turnpike road, as marked on 1765 estate maps. This road was replaced circa 1776 by the new, turnpike, road immediately to the south on the line of the A35. A machine-cut section through the line of the cropmark found no trace of a ditch, which would appear to strengthen the possibility that the cropmark feature is not a cursus, although this leaves the terminal-like curve at the northwestern end to be explained. Another small trench excavated near the one noted above, but this time wholly "inside" the suggested cursus found a pit containing a large sarsen. Burial of an obstruction to cultivation appears the most likely explanation, although the proximity of a range of definite and possible prehistoric monuments appears to have given the sarsen greater significance than it might otherwise have attracted (see for example the standing stone SY 59 SE 30; the possible stone circle SY 59 SE 70; sarsens at SY 59 SE 87; as well as the various bank barrows and other cursus (see associated monuments). (1-2)
Chance Posted by Chance
14th April 2016ce

Kingston Russell (Stone Circle) — Miscellaneous

Details of nearby stones on Pastscape

(centred SY 57818776) Stones (NAT) (Three shown). (1) There is no apparent archaeological significance in these stones. The only surviving conglomerate is the most westerly one, a sarsen 1.2m long, 0.7m wide and 0.3m thick. It is just possible that the stone had some connection with the stone circle to the NW but this seems doubtful. (2) Like the stones of the circle, the remaining stone is prostrate. It is too far from the hedge to be the result of field clearing. (3)
Two stones of a similar kind to those comprising Kingston Russell Stone Circle (SY 58 NE 6) "from whence they seem to have been displaced", lie by the side of an adjoining fence. (4)
Chance Posted by Chance
14th April 2016ce
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