Report number: 96/2015

Title Stonehenge Southern WHS Survey, Normanton Down, Wiltshire, Report On Geophysical Surveys, October and November 2015
Summary Caesium magnetometer and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) surveys were conducted over Normanton Down, Wilsford cum Lake, Wiltshire, as part of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site (SWHS) Southern Landscape Project. The vehicle towed caesium magnetometer survey (74.7ha) covered all accessible areas over a large portion of the down, including the stone curlew reserve out of the nesting season, and confirmed the majority of known monuments on the down. However, some monuments identified from cropmark evidence appear to have suffered from plough damage where they were not protected by fencing prior to the reversion from arable to grass. High sample density GPR survey (16.5ha) covered a number of extant monuments and areas of interest identified from the magnetic data, including the North Kite earthworks where a number of buried stones or pits appear underneath the course of the northern ditch.
Series Research Department Reports
Pages 13
  • Linford, N T
  • Linford, P K
  • Payne, A W
Keywords Caesium Vapour ,  Geophysical Survey ,  Ground Penetrating Radar