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Petersfield Heath

Barrow / Cairn Cemetery


Archaeologists to begin excavating early Bronze Age cemetery in Hampshire

A four-year campaign to dig a 21-barrow set of graves, declared as a set of Scheduled Ancient Monuments and aligned in a style linked to Stonehenge, has begun at one of Britain's largest and most intriguing mixed cemeteries.

Archaeologists hope to discover the origins of the cemetery on Petersfield Heath, where the early Bronze Age burial mounds are set in a style more typically associated with Wessex.

The style of the burial mounds is more commonly seen is Avebury, Stonehenge and Wessex.

The build, environmental impact, social implications and living conditions of the barrows will be examined in a series of dig seasons expected to begin in September.

Geophysical and topographic surveys, documentary research and palaeo-environmental studies will also take place under plans backed by a £100,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant and a £20,000 investment from the South Downs National Park Authority.

Volunteers of all ages will be invited to take part in the excavations.
moss Posted by moss
27th June 2014ce

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