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Devils Den

Hob Uid: 220591
Location :
Wiltshire
Wiltshire
Preshute
Grid Ref : SU1520069650
Summary : Remains of Neolithic chambered long barrow.
More information : (SU 15206965) Devil's Den (NAT) Burial Chamber (NR) (1)

Preshute 3a; Long barrow, destroyed except for ruined remains of
chamber, re-set 1921. Orientated SE-NW, with larger end to SE.
Assessed by Passmore to have been 230ft x 130ft; there may have
been a forecourt originally. (2)

In 1921 the remains of the barrow were much spread and lowered
by ploughing but still visible. The chamber was about 70ft
inwards from the larger end. (3)

'Devil's Den' (name confirmed and in local usage) is situated
at 450ft OD, in arable, at the bottom of a broad shallow coombe.

The NE upright stone, supported at its outerbase by concrete, is
3.0m long, that on the SW is 2.6m long and leaning; both enclose
an overall ground width of 3.6m. Height to top of capstone
approx 2.5m. Two large fallen sarsens within the chamber possibly
represent end stones, and a further 16 (? field clearance)
sarsen fragments lie within the interior. The chamber, which
remains in good condition rests upon a grass covered mound,
diameter 7.6m, height 0.8m.

All other ground spread of the barrow is now ploughed out.
Divorced survey at 1:2500. (4)

The mound was mapped at 1:10,000 from APs by the Fyfield Down and Overton Mapping Project. No further information was recorded. (5)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1961
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Source Number : 2
Source : A history of Wiltshire: volume 1, part 1
Source details : LV Grinsell
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Source Number : 3
Source : The Wiltshire archaeological and natural history magazine
Source details : Plan and photo (AD Passmore)
Page(s) : 523
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Vol(s) : 41 1922
Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JWS 20-JUN-74
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Source Number : 5
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Cathy Stoertz/15-JUL-1995/RCHME: Fyfield Down and Overton Down Mapping Project
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Source : SU 16 NE 26 (Devil's Den) (1974)
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Neolithic
Display Date : Neolithic
Monument End Date : -2200
Monument Start Date : -4000
Monument Type : Chambered Long Barrow
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : WI 5
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 12226
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Wiltshire)
External Cross Reference Number : 101
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SU 16 NE 36
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : DEVILS DEN
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1921-01-01
End Date : 1921-12-31
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SU 16 NE 35
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1974-06-20
End Date : 1974-06-20
Associated Activities : RCHME: FYFIELD DOWN AND OVERTON DOWN MAPPING PROJECT
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 1995-06-13
End Date : 1995-07-15