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Monument Number 215618

Hob Uid: 215618
Location :
Wiltshire
Wiltshire
Cherhill
Grid Ref : SU0705070000
Summary : A supposed Neolithic cursus is visible as cropmarks on air photographs taken in the 1930s. It has been partially built over during the construction of Yatesbury military camp in the 1930s or 1940s.
More information : A crop mark of what is probably a ploughed-out Cursus (SU 06976987 to SU 07187010) is visible on air photographs in Yatesbury Field, north of Knoll Down. At the south east end are three ring-ditches (see SU 06 NE, 51). (1,2)

No significant archaeological features visible on ground; area under plough. (3)

The supposed Neolithic cursus has been mapped from 1930's air photographs, almost certainly those cited in source 2. It is visible
as discontinuous parallel ditches, orientated SW-NE, for 120m between SU 0699 6991 and SU 0717 7007. The ditches are very uneven and their course is confused by two, probably post Medieval, quarries (also visible as cropmarks) which encroach upon their course. The site of the cursus was built over between the 1930's and 1940's. The ring ditches referred to by authority 1 are situated just to the east of the south end of the `cursus' . (4)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : A history of Wiltshire: volume 1, part 1
Source details : Grinsell, LV. Archaeological Gazetteer
Page(s) : 55
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Source Number : 2
Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : G W G Allen 5/76 26.6.35 and 5/96 1.6.35)
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Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JWS 02-OCT-73
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Source Number : 4
Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : NMR SU0769/1-2 (7345/142-3) 1935?
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Early Neolithic
Display Date : Early Neolithic
Monument End Date : -3300
Monument Start Date : -4000
Monument Type : Cursus
Evidence : Cropmark, Conjectural Evidence
Monument Period Name : Uncertain
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Monument Type : Linear Earthwork
Evidence : Cropmark

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SU 06 NE 69
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 215574
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SU 06 NE 69
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1973-10-02
End Date : 1973-10-02
Associated Activities : RCHME: AVEBURY WORLD HERITAGE SITE PROJECT
Activity type : FIELD SURVEY
Start Date : 1997-08-01
End Date : 1998-12-01