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MONUMENT NO. 220061

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A cemetery of eight round barrows which occupies a prominent position, below the crest of a south west facing spur, on the northern edge of Salisbury Plain, 320 metres south east of Down Farm. Three of the barrows survive as substantial earthworks. Of these the most northerly example is a bell barrow with a mound 16 metres in diameter and a sloping bern 5 metres wide. In the centre of the mound, which reaches a height of 3 metres, are traces of disturbance, most probably resulting from an excavation by Sir Richard Colt Hoare in the early 19th century which uncovered two burials of cremated bone. South of the bell barrow is a bowl barrow which has a mound 20 metres in diameter and reaches a height of 2.25 metres. The most southerly barrow of the group is also a bowl barrow. It has a mound 30 metres in diameter and 2.5 metres high. In a line between this barrow and the bell barrow to the north east are a further two bowl barrows. These have been greatly reduced by cultivation but are still visible as low mounds 20 metres in diameter. They were partially excavated in 1958 by Faith de Mallet Vatcher who found the remains of a wooden coffin and a disarticulated burial in the northenmost barrow and an empty grave in the other. The monument also includes the site of a further three barrows. These are no longer visible of the surface but were also examined by Vatcher who identified them as saucer barrows. The site of a further possible barrow is thought to lie in the north east corner of the group. Scheduled.

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