Two Long Barrows at Maiden Castle, Winterbourne Monkton and Sheep Down, Winterbourne, Steepleton, Dorset

Author(s): Andy Payne

Geophysical surveys were carried out to investigate the remains of two probable Neolithic long barrows at Maiden Castle, Winterborne Monkton and Sheep Down, Winterbourne Steepleton, Dorset. The surveys, using both fluxgate magnetometer and earth resistance techniques, were conducted to provide training for a group of local volunteers working in conjunction with the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership who had previously undertaken topographical recording of the monuments. The geophysical surveys successfully characterised both barrows suggesting that the two are rather different in size, construction and form; one probably representing a typical earthen long barrow with substantial in-filled side and rear quarry ditches; and the second lacking evidence of ditches, but with a possible stone construction surrounding the perimeter of the mound and an internal high resistance anomaly that may represent a stone chambered structure.

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Geophysical Survey


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