Oval Barrow on Keysley Down, 1040m Nne of Chapel Field Barn
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County Council (Unitary)
South West Wiltshire
SJ881881 (388057, 134020)
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An oval mound described in the English Heritage Scheduling notification as being 33 metres by 22 metres wide and 1.6 metres high, and by the Ordnance Survey in 1978 as 26 metres by 17 metres and 1.7 metres high. Traces of a surrounding ditch are visible on the south eastern side. It is listed by Grinsell as a Bronze Age bowl barrow (East Knoyle 1). Grinsell tentatively identified it with a barrow opened by Colt Hoare in the early 19th century. He apparently found a primary oval grave containing amber and shale beads but no interment. Piggott included it in his list of Wessex Early Bronze Age graves (as Wessex 86). Colt Hoare also found an intrusive inhumation of a large adult male just a few inches below the turf. Grinsell suggested a Roman or Anglo-Saxon date for this. Meaney includes the site in her list of Anglo-Saxon burials, presumably referring to the inhumation. She also refers to another barrow, ST 83 SE 10, as a possible alternative source of these finds. The site has been scheduled as a Neolithic oval barrow by English Heritage.
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