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Monument Number 1242861

Hob Uid: 1242861
Location :
Wiltshire
Beechingstoke
Grid Ref : SU0970059200
Summary : A sub-oval enclosure, identified on aerial photographs, is almost certainly the remains of a Post Medieval quarry. The site has been suggested as a henge but this is unlikely and there are number of small circular quarries close to the approximate location given in the original source (1250m north of the river Avon). The original source quotes an RAF aerial photograph taken in the 1957. An examination of this and all the other available aerial photographs in the NMR, CUCAP and Wiltshire air photo collections suggest that the feature suggested as a henge is one of a number of small post medieval quarries.
More information : A sub-oval enclosure is visible as a faint cropmark on air photographs. It comprises a single enclosing ditch with two possible entrances (north north west and south south east). It has been suggested as a possible henge, though clearly better air photographic cover and some excavation would be necessary to provide a more reliable assessment. The site is less than 900 metres from the large henge enclosure at Marden (SU 05 NE 3). (1)

The site, described above, is almost certainly the remains of a quarry. The original source (Dr Julian Thomas in Harding and Lee) is describing a feature seen on a photograph in Devizes Museum (source 2). An examination of this photograph and all the available aerial photographs in the NMR, CUCAP and Wiltshire air photo collections suggest that the feature described is one of a number of small quarries in the vicinity. The feature is described as c1250m north of the River Avon (cSU 097 591) which is the location of a quarry whish has now been partially filled in. There are several other quarries in the vicinity which show on a number of air photos including that in reference 3.
(2-3)





Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Henge monuments and related sites of Great Britain : air photographic evidence and catalogue
Source details : Site 188
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Source Number : 2
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR RAF 58/2079 (F22) 132-133 11-JAN-1957 (quoted in source 1 as seen at Devizes museum)
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Source Number : 3
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS/76183 41-42 21-AUG-1976
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Late Neolithic
Display Date : Late Neolithic
Monument End Date : -2200
Monument Start Date : -2900
Monument Type : Henge
Evidence : Conjectural Evidence
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Quarry
Evidence : Cropmark

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Wiltshire)
External Cross Reference Number : SU05NE639
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SU 05 NE 39
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 215179
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: MARDEN ENVIRONS VALE OF PEWSEY NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2008-06-01
End Date : 2009-10-01