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Troston Mount (Round Barrow(s)) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Cashtal yn Ard (Chambered Cairn) — Images

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There are some fantastic book offers currently available at this excellent online shop. As well as books there are products with a prehistoric theme: CD-ROMs, Jewellery, Reproductions etc

Nornour (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

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West Barrow (Long Barrow) — Images

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Nan Tow's Tump (Round Barrow(s)) — Images

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Uffington White Horse (Hill Figure) — Images

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Loughton Camp (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

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Loughton Camp (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Fieldnotes

Epping Forest contains two Iron Age earthworks. It is thought that both Loughton Camp and Ambresbury Banks were built around 500 BC. Used as animal folds in times of attack from another tribe or as look out posts and boundary markers between the Trinovantes and the Catevellauni. In use until after the Roman invasions.

Loughton Camp is located deep in the forest and a good map is required to find it. Never properly excavated, but an Iron Age stone quern was found nearby.

Loughton Camp (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

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Beauchamp Roding (Christianised Site) — Folklore

Legend tells that the stone stood on a hill top some distance from the intended site of the church. When the stone was dragged down to be incorporated into the church structure, it returned overnight to the hilltop. This happened three times and eventually the church was relocated and built on the hilltop so that the stone could remain undisturbed.

Beauchamp Roding (Christianised Site) — Images

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Barbury Castle (Hillfort) — Images

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The Tinglestone (Long Barrow) — Images

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Stony Littleton (Long Barrow) — Fieldnotes

Access is much easier now that there is a well made, but very narrow track from Wellow. The barrow is fantastic and a real must see! Being some distance from the Avebury circus, the interior was free from candles and other new age clutter. How Moth could miss the giant ammonite cast I'll never know! The setting of the barrow and the surrounding hills is superb.

Stony Littleton (Long Barrow) — Images

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Sodbury Camp (Hillfort) — Images

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Sodbury Camp (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

Accessible from Little Sodbury and Old Sodbury, but don't try the footpaths from the A46 as they are invisible beneath crops! I parked by Old Sodbury church and took the footpath opposite that goes along the left side of the village school. This is the Cotswold Way and is well marked. Keep to the left as the path skirts a steep hill and then, when a wood is reached, turn right and climb steeply up the hill.

The land towards the A46 is quite flat and the fort is defended by two banks and a ditch. Listed as Iron Age, yet the inner bank is perfectly rectangular with rounded corners. It looks very much like it was re-shaped by the Romans.

Cherhill Down and Oldbury (Hillfort) — Images

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Bury Wood Camp (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

The banks of Bury Camp are in dense woodland near Colerne. The interior of the fort is ploughed out and arable. Very difficult to explore.

Bury Wood Camp (Hillfort) — Images

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Cherhill Down and Oldbury (Hillfort) — Images

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Avebury (Circle henge) — Images

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Aveline's Hole (Cave / Rock Shelter) — News

Earliest Cemetery Dated

A cave in the Mendip Hills in southwest England has been revealed as the earliest scientifically dated cemetery in Britain.

The age of the cemetery makes it an important European site
The site at Aveline's Hole, near Burrington Combe, contained human bone fragments that have now been confirmed to be between roughly 10,200 and 10,400 years old.


Harold's Stones (Standing Stones) — Images

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Hinton Hill (Hillfort) — Images

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Hinton Hill (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

A small hillfort overlooking the Severn Valley with distant views of Bristol and South Wales. The fort is built high up on an outlying spur of the southern Cotswolds and is best seen from the high ground of Dyrham Park (NT)

Oliver's Castle (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

A small hillfort near Devizes with two round barrows to the south-west.

Oliver's Castle (Hillfort) — Images

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Seabed Mapping

Detailed mapping of the sea bed beneath the Channel and North Sea should reveal signs of human habitation when the land bridge to Europe was intact. Go to:,1596,1046445,00.html

Therfield Heath Long Barrow — Images

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The Five Hills (Round Barrow(s)) — Images

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Portingbury (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Fieldnotes

Variously called Portingbury Hills and Portingbury Rings, this site is an Iron Age farmstead. It consists of a rectangular mound measuring 100 by 70ft surrounded by a strong ditch up to 35ft wide. Another mound - sausage shaped runs up to it. The ditch of this mound is less well defined. Two zigzag banks to the east form an incomplete enclosure with the Sherborne Brook.

Excavated in 1964, the ditch is V-shaped and was originally 6ft deep. Finds dated to the Iron Age include a small flint blade, four potsherds, animal bones, burnt flint and charcoal. Best seen in winter when the vegetation is lower and the ditches full of water. Easy to find from Post 11 of the NT's Nature Trail. Walk down the path into Beggar's Hall Coppice and very soon you will cross the first banks. Very wet area so good boots are a must.

Sea Henge (Timber Circle) — Images

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Northumberland (County) — News

Underwater Site Discovered

It is claimed that Britain's first underwater "Stoneage" site has been discovered. Go to:

Seven Hills (Rymer) (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Yet another group of "Seven Hills". Now only slight traces of four remain, one of which has been excavated and dated to the Bronze Age. Soil marks indicate a ring ditch.

Honington Barrows (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Two burial mounds of unknown date in the grounds of Honington Airfield, Larkhall Heath.

Mill House Barrow (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

A turf covered bowl barrow measuring 27m across and 1.7m high.Excavated in 1958 when a female skeleton and incense cups were found. Dated to the early Bronze Age 2500-1501BC

Troston Mount (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

A very large Bronze Age barrow with ditch and bank. Steep sided and tree covered, it is much burrowed into by rabbits. Scheduled but not yet excavated.

Peterborough Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Peterborough Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

The stone is located on the green outside Peterborough Museum. The notice indicates that the "Neolithic standing stone was moved from a nearby location and re-erected here". When I visited, there was a temporary exhibition featuring a life size figure of LaraCroft - Tomb Raider. Strange item for a museum, but I suppose that most archaeological exhibits in museums are from raided tombs!
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