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THE CURSUS

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Neolithic cursus, comprising a long, narrow earthwork enclosure circa 2.7 kilometres long, and varying in width from 100 to 150 metres. The cursus is orientated roughly east-west, passing within circa 700 metres of Stonehenge (SU 14 SW 4), which is located to the south. Both ends of the cursus are square in plan with rounded corners. Two round barrows lie within the cursus interior at its western end. Much of the cursus bank and ditch survives as earthworks, the bank to a maximum height of 0.4 metres, and 6.5 metres width. Small scale excavations occurred in 1947, 1959, 1983 and 2007-8, plus some reconstruction work in 1987. Dating evidence is limited, but construction has been assigned to 3630-3375calBC, with secondary phases of activity around 2500BC and 2000-1500BC.

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