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AMESBURY 44 (GODDARD)

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A Bronze Age twin bell barrow, known as Amesbury 44, survives as earthworks and forms part of the Cursus barrow cemetery (Monument Number 219681). It comprises two barrow mounds which are completely surrounded by a single ring ditch. The barrows measure an overall length of 42m and width of 34m. The larger, westernmost mound stands 2.3m high and the lower, eastern, mound stands 1.6m high. Both mounds were dug into by Stukeley in 1723 for Lord Pembroke, and the western mound was re-excavated by Cunnington in 1803 (Barrow 29). The western mound contained a primary cremation with six horn beads, plus an intrusive inhumation 14 inches below the surface of the mound. The smaller eastern mound contained a cremation in an urn, accompanied by a javelin or spear -head, a pin and numerous beads. The barrow was listed as Amesbury 44 by Goddard (as a twin barrow) and by Grinsell (as a twin bell barrow). In 1913 Maud Cunnington noted it was in good condition having never been ploughed. The barrow was surveyed by English Heritage in April 2009 as part of the Stonehenge WHS Landscape Project.

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