Report number: 70/2000



Title WHITE BARROW, TILSHEAD 4 LONG BARROW, TILSHEAD, WILTSHIRE. REPORT ON GEOPHYSICAL SURVEYS, MAY 1997
Summary Magnetometer and resistivity surveys were carried out over White Barrow (SAM: WILTS 750) in response to a request for information in advance of ground works to deter badger activity at the site. In addition to defining the form and extent of the monument, the surveys revealed the presence of several previously unrecognised structural elements of the barrow. A possible internal mortuary chamber or burial cairn (constructed from a resistive material such as flint or other stone) is suggested by a high resistance anomaly near the more pronounced eastern end of the barrow. The magnetometer survey detected an arc of pits arranged symmetrically around the eastern end of the barrow; these may have formerly supported timber posts or acted as a focus for ritual activity. Magnetometry also detected traces of a possible stone kerb or stone packed feature around the foot of the barrow mound, and the side quarry ditches have also been partially detected by both techniques. Features detected beyond the confines of the long barrow include linear earthworks and a possible enclosure.
Series AML Reports (New Series)
Pages 21
Authors
  • Payne, A W
Keywords Earth Resistance ,  Geophysical Survey ,  Magnetometer
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