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WINTERBOURNE STOKE 48 (GODDARD)

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A Bronze Age bell barrow survives as earthworks and is one of the round barrow group recorded as Monument Number 219477. It forms a convenient marker on the parish boundary between Winterbourne Stoke and Durrington. The round barrow comprises a large circular mound, of two phases, which sits on a circular platform that is defined by a ring ditch. The monument measures circa 58m in diameter but has been truncated by ploughing to the west and the fencing around the Fargo military storage compound to the east. The barrow was excavated by Cunnington in the early 19th century, though there is no record of any finds (Barrow 60: Hoare 1812). It was listed as Winterbourne Stoke 48, a bell barrow, by Goddard (1913) and by Grinsell (1957). During the Second World War the barrow was used as a gunpost (see Monument Number 1363155), when it was enclosed by a slight bank and slit trenches were inserted into the top of the barrow and to its east. The site was mapped at a scale of 1:10,000 from aerial photographs as part of the RCHME: Salisbury Plain Training Area NMP project and the mapping revised at 1:2500 scale for the English Heritage Stonehenge WHS Mapping Project. The round barrow was also surveyed at Level 1 in May 2011 as part of English Heritage's Stonehenge WHS Landscape Project.

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