Thursday 15 January 2015

North Barrow

One of two enigmatic roughly circular earthwork features of unknown date, situated just within the earthwork enclosure at Stonehenge.
Although these earthworks were given the name 'barrows' by antiquaries, they are not burial mounds. They surround two of the Station Stones but their date of construction is unknown. The earthworks of the North 'Barrow' appear to suggest that it was built before the much larger outer earthwork enclosure of Stonehenge. When the South 'Barrow' was excavated by the archaeologist William Hawley in 1921, he found a chalk floor, which may suggest there was once a small building there.