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Stanton Drew Cove may be long barrow

The interim report on this summer's geophysics work at Stanton Drew by the Bath and Camerton Archaeological Society is now ready. Stanton Drew is the third and least known of the Wessex threesome of major stone circles.

The formal report will follow, but these were the highlights.

BACAS completed a resistance survey of the avenues, the north-east circle, and a complete ring of the main circle, looking for buried stones and empty stone sockets. One profile taken through a stone socket in the northeast avenue produced a spectacular picture. There were also interesting results at the SSW Circle which seem to show buried stone, and in Stone Close, where the potential of resistance profiles was demonstrated.

BACAS resistance work around the cove suggests it may well be the remnants of a long barrow on a north south alignment. Resistance profiling suggested that there were stone footings about half a metre below the surface heading from the cove northwards.

You can download a PDF copy (2MB) from
until the end of today

A higher resolution print copy will be available shortly and will probably appear on the BACAS website at some point.

BACAS surveyed part of the circle with a new Bartington magnetometer. Using very high data density BACAS could reproduce results at least as clear as English Heritage produced using a Caesium magnetometer.
Chance Posted by Chance
23rd December 2009ce
Edited 19th July 2015ce

Comments (2)

Thats a turn up for the books Chance if it is true the cove turning into a long barrow; thank you...

The only quibble is that the three stones sit above the 15 feet well of the car park of the pub, so was that dug out at a later stage?
moss Posted by moss
23rd December 2009ce
Thanks , looks good . tiompan Posted by tiompan
23rd December 2009ce
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