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| Great Cursus Barrows, Stonehenge |
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|Description ||The large (and most westerly?) cursus barrow viewed from the west end of the Great Cursus. It lies just to the south of the cursus, screened from Stonehenge by the trees of Fargo Plantation.|
Reading about a proposal to place the new visitor centre in Fargo Plantation made me think of this one!
| We visited a few weeks after you, and stood on that barrow. It was very very cold - looks like you had a warmer visit.|
| Mmm...... not really Jim. I was well wrapped-up in layers, and a fleece hat, and wearing wellies with my younger son's old thick Army cadet socks inside! The sun was shining all day though, which makes you feel warmer.|
| This must be 'The Monarch of the Plain' at grid ref SU111428. "A flat topped mound, 25m in diameter, surrounded by a sloping berm 5m wide, and then a ditch 4m wide. The top is 3.5m high. Also known as Amesbury Bell Barrow No. 55. It was an Anglo-Saxon boundary marker.... To the SW the boundary is in alignment with the linear alignment of barrows at Longbarrow Crossroads." Quote almost exactly from a book on Stonehenge and Avebury in the library today. It is mentioned in the Fargo Plantation paragraph here: http://www.sal.org.uk/policyandconsultations/SAL%20Stonehenge%20Environmental%20final.doc|
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