Earthwork on White Sheet Downs, 800yds (730m) S of Coombe Barn
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County Council (Unitary)
South West Wiltshire
SJ805805 (380505, 135558)
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An oval enclosure located circa 300 metres northeast of the causewayed enclosure on Whitesheet Hill. The earthworks were surveyed by RCHME during the South Wiltshire Project. The enclosure is currently defined by an external facing scarp up to 1 metre high, with an external ditch up to 0.5 metres wide and 2 metres deep. There are three causeways visible in the southeast part of the enclosure circuit. There is also one possible east-facing entrance. Several circular and sub-circular features in the interior may be either remnants of structures or of more recent quarrying. Linear scarps both within the enclosure and outside to the north may be the remains of "celtic" fields. Later agricultural activity is represented by ridge and furrow and a dewpond outside the enclosure. Proximity to the causewayed enclosure and the presence of several causeways in its own circuit raise the possibility that the enclosure may also be Neolithic. However, in the absence of any excavation, its date is effectively unknown.
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