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The Marlborough mound, Wiltshire. A further Neolithic monumental mound by the River Kennet.

Leary, J., Canti, M., Field, D., Fowler, P., Marshall, P. and Campbell, G. (2013) The Marlborough mound, Wiltshire. A further Neolithic monumental mound by the River Kennet. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 79. pp. 137-163. ISSN 2050-2729

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1017/ppr.2013.6

Abstract/Summary

Recent radiocarbon dates obtained from two soil cores taken through the Marlborough Castle mound, Wiltshire, show the main body of it to be a contemporaneous monument to Silbury Hill, dating to the second half of the 3rd millennium cal bc. In light of these dates, this paper considers the sequence identified within the cores, which includes two possible flood events early in the construction of the mound. It also describes four cores taken through the surrounding ditch, as well as small-scale work to the north-east of the mound. The topographic location of the mound in a low-lying area and close to rivers and springs is discussed, and the potential for Late Neolithic sites nearby is set out, with the land to the south of the mound identified as an area for future research. The paper ends with the prospect that other apparent mottes in Wiltshire and beyond may well also have prehistoric origins

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Social Archaeology
Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Archaeology
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Soil Research Centre
ID Code:33525
Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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