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Rolleston’s Barrow, Rushmore, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire

Tumulus:  OS Grid Reference – ST 95552 18233 Archaeology & History In what today seems a barely visible tumulus, amidst the large cluster that could once be found upon the large estate grounds of Rushmore House, were once the overgrown … Continue reading

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Old Pleck Barrow, Rushmore, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire

Tumulus (destroyed):  OS Grid Reference — ST 95459 17548 Archaeology & History This long-lost burial mound was one in a large group of prehistoric tombs that were explored in the 19th century by the legendary antiquarian, General Pitt-Rivers. It had already … Continue reading

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Beckhampton Penning, Avebury, Wiltshire

Stone Circle (destroyed):  OS Grid Reference – SU 0986 6713 Archaeology & History This all-but-destroyed megalithic ring is all-but-unknown in most of the archaeological gazetteers — including even Burl’s (2000) magnum opus!  But we know it was there.  And according … Continue reading

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Martinsell Hill, Oare, Pewsey, Wiltshire

Hillfort:  OS Grid Reference – SU 1764 6396 Also Known as: Martin’s Hill Archaeology & History The second highest of Wiltshire’s prehistoric camps or hillforts, Martinsell Hill was described as early as the 13th century as ‘Mattelsore’ and was known … Continue reading

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Broad Stones, Clatford, Wiltshire

Stone Circle (destroyed):  OS Grid Reference – SU 161 684 Also Known as: Clatford Stone Circle Archaeology & History Also known as the Clatford Circle, it was described by both of the old pioneers, John Aubrey and William Stukeley: Aubrey … Continue reading

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Devil’s Den, Clatford, Wiltshire

Cromlech:  OS Grid Reference – SU 15209 69651 Also Known as: Devils Den Dillion Dene Getting Here When Pete Glastonbury brought us here, we walked east out of the Avebury stone circle and up the Wessex Ridgeway track.  When you … Continue reading

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Merlin’s Mount, Marlborough, Wiltshire

Tumulus:  OS Grid Reference – SU 1836 6867 Also Known as: Marlborough Mount Merlin’s Barrow Merlin’s Mound Getting Here Pretty simple.  Get to the chapel in front of Marlborough College, and look at the stepped hill in the grounds thereof … Continue reading

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Lesser Cursus, Larkhill, Wiltshire

Cursus Monument:  OS Grid Reference – SU 105 435 Also Known as: Small Cursus Stonehenge Smaller Cursus Archaeology & History Just like its much larger companion, the Stonehenge Cursus earthwork a short distance to the south, this Lesser or Small … Continue reading

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Holed Stone, West Overton, Wiltshire

Enclosure & Stone:  OS Grid Reference – SU 1285 7151 Getting Here Follow the same directions to reach the Polisher Stone at the top-end of Overton Down as it meets Fyfield Down. From here, walk down the slope for 100 … Continue reading

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The Polisher, West Overton, Wiltshire

‘Standing Stone’:  OS Grid Reference – SU 1283 7150 Also Known as: OD II (Fowler) Parsons Penning Stone The Polissoir Getting Here We were graciously guided to this spot by local archaeological authority, Pete Glastonbury — which is good, cos … Continue reading

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