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THORNBOROUGH CENTRE

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A henge monument surviving as an earthwork, one of three at Thornborough forming an approximate north west - south east alignment. The site comprises a sub circular enclosure defined by a bank between two ditches. The inner ditch features squared terminals. The outer ditch is noticably narrower and segmented. Maximum external diameter is circa 238 metres. There are two entrances, located in the north west and south east sectors, but they are not perfectly aligned. In 1952, Thomas conducted small scale excavations at the site, including a trench across the south western end of the inner ditch, a section across the bank, a small trench in the interior, and two sections across the northern ditch of the cursus (SE 27 NE 1) which underlies the southern half of the henge, and is aligned roughly southwest-northeast. Thomas' finds comprised mainly flints. The site is scheduled. [NB this record was originally part of SE 27 NE 4. For details of Ordnance Survey field investigation, consult the OS card index].

Palaeochannels are visible on air photographs as cropmarks in this area and have been mapped as part of the Thornborough Henges NMP project. It is possible that they may obscure other archaeological features.

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