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NEWTON KYME HENGE

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A henge monument visible as cropmarks at Newton Kyme. The site is located on a raised river terrace to the south of the River Wharfe. In 1979, the site reportedly survived as slight earthworks, although Ordnance Survey field investigation 6 years later was unable to locate any surveyable traces. The site comprises a sub oval enclosure defined by three ditch circuits, with a bank between inner and middle ditches. Maximum external diameter is circa 250 metres. The innermost ditch has oppsed north and south entrances. The middle ditch is incomplete as a cropmark, but both this and the outer ditch are more irregular and are markedly segmented. This has led to suggestions that the site may have begun as a causewayed enclosure, although an outer segmented ditch is a common feature of henge monuments in Yorkshire. The site has been examined by RCHME as part of the Industry and Enclosure in the Neolithic Project, and as part of the Vale of York Project. The site is scheduled.

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